Let’s not allow our perception of someone to only be based on the negatives in their past.
Grace should prevail, acknowledging that mistakes happen, knowing that growth occurs, and (most importantly) recognizing that we could be wrong about someone’s current character.
Without mistakes, without bad decisions, without learning, we often remain the same and don’t reach our full potential. That is the human experience.
We cannot fully know everyone’s story – how they’ve changed, what they’ve seen, why they believe as they do; so let’s try to assume the best instead of hoping they fail. Instead of writing off all they’ve accomplished because of a blip of bad judgment in their past, instead of assuming that no good can come from them because of who they were many years ago, why don’t we approach their future with hope and optimism? After all, our country embraces the idea of “innocent until proven guilty,” right?
Let’s treat others as we’d want to be treated, fully knowing that we, too, have made mistakes, changed our perspectives and beliefs, and grown as people. We are not the same as we once were – and that’s a great thing.
Don’t let someone’s failure in the past prevent you from seeing what could be a beautiful future.
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That goes for President Trump’s past
It’s not about anyone in particular, but rather everyone.
Michele, I don’t know if you have seen the short account of President Trump’s great aunts and the Hebrides Revival (Scotland), but it is entitled: “Donald’s Bible.” Amazing.
So very true and seldom followed. I think the underlying problem this leads to is mental illness for those who are mistreated by it. Not God’s way! Thanks for the admonition ❣️
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Lesa, this is spot on! When Yahshua haMashiach told the woman at the well: “You’ve had 5 husbands, and the man with whom you now reside is not your husband” (John chapter 4), she knew that she had met the Messiah Who truly loved her in spite of her past and went and excitedly told the men in the village: “Come and see a man who has told me all the things that I ever did. Is not this the Messiah?!” She knew that she was forgiven. And because of such forgiveness and of her recognition of the One Who knows all things and told her so, Scripture states that “many of the Samaritans of that city believed on Him for the saying of the woman.”
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