The Struggle to be Good

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

Jesus told us, “Do not judge,” and lately I’ve been writing a lot about that. First I shared the lesson of the copper pipe, a simple metaphor that suggests that each of us, in our flesh, is just a copper pipe. No one is different than anyone else. And we can’t change. But like any copper pipe, we can be changed. Hot water can run through us, and make us warm. Hot water is a simple metaphor for the Spirit of God. We can hit that hot water any time, and when the Spirit of God flows through us, judgment is replaced by encouragement, and understanding, and love.

“Do not judge.” That concept is so much easier for me to grasp when judgment is replaced by loving my neighbor. Continue reading