LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE
Everyone will soon make a timeless discovery. They will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person. Judging them, condemning them, putting them in their place. Where they can gain dominance over them and thus doing damage to them as a person. Now they can allow that person to exist as a completely free person, as God made them to be. Their view expands and, to their amazement, for the first time they see, shining within that person, the richness of God’s creative glory. God did not make that person as I would have made them. He did not give them to me as someone for me to dominate and control. But in order that I might find within them Christ Himself. So leave people alone.
Not According to Your Image
God does not will that I should fashion the other person according to the image that seems good to me, that is, in my own image; rather in his very freedom from me, God made this person in His image. I can never know beforehand how God’s image should appear in others. That image always manifests a completely new and unique form that comes solely from God’s free and sovereign creation. To me, the sight may seem strange, even ungodly. But God creates every man in the likeness of His Son, the Crucified One. After all, even that image certainly looked strange and ungodly to me before I grasped it.
Now the other person, in the freedom with which he was created, becomes the occasion of joy, whereas before he was only a nuisance and an affliction.
Rejoicing In One Another
Strong and weak, wise and foolish, gifted or ungifted, pious or impious, the diverse individuals in the community are no longer incentives for talking and judging and condemning. Thus excuses for self-justification rather cause for rejoicing in one another and serving one another.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 Amplified Bible
“Just look at your own calling, believers; not many [of you were considered] wise according to human standards, not many powerful or influential, not many of high and noble birth. But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong revealing their frailty.
God has selected [for His purpose] the insignificant (base) things of the world, and the things that are despised and treated with contempt, [even] the things that are nothing, so that He might reduce to nothing the things that are, so that no one may [be able to] boast in the presence of God”.