Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. Galatians 6:1-3 The Message
That word ‘creatively’ caught my attention this morning. The dictionary says that it means to live in an original or imaginative way. I felt it was about living life hand in hand with God, listening to His direction and not getting stuck in a rut. To live freely the way He intended, to the fullest, treating others as He would. Letting Jesus be our example, following His lead.
We cannot get hung up on what other people do or say, we must simply love them and allow the Holy Spirit to change their hearts as He did ours. It’s just not our job to get down on people who are already down, but rather give them a hand up as others have done for us over the years.
Please don’t forget that although our scenery may look different from others, as christians, we are all on a journey that leads to the same Father. Encourage one another, Jesus said. Not once did He say to criticize, manipulate or trip each other up. Never did He say to expose sin, rather He said love covers a multitude of sin.
Never did He say life would be easy, but He said He’d never leave us alone. Let’s lift one another up and help carry the load instead of adding our weight to their already heavy burden.