HELP, I need somebody!

So how does loving people, instead of gossiping or judging help YOU? It allows “God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Phil 4:7),” to work its magic inside of you! When you allow it, “His peace will guard your heart[s] and mind[s] as you live in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7).” When you learn to see people how God sees them, you won’t feel stressed and upset when they do something that’s not right. You won’t feel judgmental and critical toward them. You’ll love them through it and be there for them.

Have you ever had an encounter with someone when you messed up, that wasn’t good? How did it make you feel? I once had a boss yell at me in front of a group of people for doing something wrong. Do you know that nothing about that situation instilled in me a desire to do better?

People who truly need help and need to mature need our love and support. People who aren’t making the best decisions usually know inside that they’re not? They don’t need someone, beating them down for it or smacking them upside the head. They need a “prodigal son” encounter (Luke 15:20-22, 24).

They need to know that you’re there and you’re going to love them through it. That’s God’s grace and mercy, which IS good news. If God had a 2×4 on the other end of this ordeal that wouldn’t be good news. He doesn’t, because He’s kind!

The Bible says we were made in His image. If God is kind, we have that kindness inside of us. Let’s be kind to people! Let’s let our light shine and give an awesome representation of Christ. Be that person who says, “Hey! We love you. We’re not going to judge you or smile and then talk bad about you behind your back! We’ve been through what you’ve been through, we understand and we love you.” The End.

~Danielle Paden~
My Not So Perfect, Perfect Life Blog


Do You See What He Sees?

So, how DOES God see people?!

Luke 15:3-7 (NKJV) says, “So He spoke this parable to them, saying: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!” I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.’”

Jesus dropped everything to find that one little lost sheep. He didn’t reprimand the sheep for being lost, He celebrated!

Luke 15:20-22, 24 says, “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

He was so excited. He didn’t start listing everything he’d done wrong.  He rejoiced with him and saw him through the filter of where he had been and where he was now. THIS is how God sees people. No matter what state someone is in or what they’re going through, they are so very precious to Him!

~Danielle Paden~
My Not So Perfect, Perfect Life Blog