When you are a believer life takes on a sharper focus.
The One you focus on is Christ Jesus, the Messiah, the Word Made Flesh.
And other things just really don't matter anymore.
When you have a focus on your Savior, all of the petty going's on of life seem peripheral compared to Him.
But human beings must look outward, even as Christ commands us to.
We must take care of ourselves, our own, the things entrusted to us. We look after our friends and neighbors.
We help. We shine as light in a dark world. We suffer, we grieve, we falter.
How do we deal with all the pain and suffering? Especially, how do we deal with eternal loss and spiritual death?
There are some coping mechanisms that fall into play.
First of all, as I wrote in the previous post, there is a separation. It becomes really clear that we are on two different planes: those who are saved, those who are not.
I may not know who is saved, but I make little judgements every day that trouble my heart ---whether I want to or not. (It's human nature to judge, you know.)
We are leaving the final call up to Christ, but we operate as if everyone needs Christ, and to know Him more. It's easy to see disturbing things, especially when you have at least a superficial understanding of the Old and New Testaments.
So how do we cope with the world "going to Hell in a hand basket" all around us?
We focus on Christ. We focus on Jesus, and we let His love surge out from our broken hearts. We ask for the Holy Spirit to fill us with wisdom, with good things.
And we let the chips fall where they may.
What comes across as judgement to people may just be true love. Love that cares about the eternal destiny of all people, friends or foe.
Broken hearts must cope.
When we see Jesus, Messiah, they will be mended. For now we cope.
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