I recently watched a movie again about a mentally challenged young man that no one really understands. Everyone calls him Radio; his real name is James Robert Kennedy. Ridiculed, laughed at, treated badly, and at best ignored; except for one man, the coach. He befriends him, treats him with respect. The relationship is challenging and challenged by those who don’t like it. They propose all sorts of alternatives for the relationship. Radio is scared at times, but he doesn’t hold any grudges even when mistreated. At the end of the movie there’s a stadium full of people cheering Radio.
I wonder sometimes if that’s how God sees us. We don’t really know or understand each other most of the time. People are a mystery to us. We see the world through our own eyes and experience and don’t understand why others don’t see it our way, too. We occasionally get in trouble because of it. Maybe more than occasionally. We mistreat each other out of ignorance. Yet, He understands us and does everything He can, and then some, to help us. And when it comes down to it the one thing He can do to really help us He puts Himself on the line for us as the coach in the movie does for Radio. I picture the end of our story will a grandstand full of saints cheering us as we arrive before our Coach, Savior, King, and God. And I think there will be tears in my eyes then as there was when the movie ended and they will be tears of joy!
John 3:16, 17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
“We mistreat each other out of ignorance.” Our ignorance causes us to misjudge others because we look at the surface only. Excellent post, Pastor.
Keep the Faith!
Thanks for the comment. The problem with our ignorance is that it is self-imposed. God can and will open our eyes if we would just let Him. God Bless.
Hi Brian, I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, I have not been well but also with hackers and Blog problems, I have found it hard to keep up with my Blogging, but our Holiday will help I’m sure.
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement on our Blog, we appreciate it, you have blessed us with your willingness to take an interest in what interests others, even if you find my jokes bad, I posted another one I hope it’s reeeeeeeeeeel bad for you!
Thank you for your message Brian, there was much Truth in what you shared, the one thing that is needed for a solid friendship with others is honesty, without it there is no foundation, sadly lying comes easy for many and I mean lying when it is meant to deceive for evil reasons anything else is not a lie if there is a Godly need, like Brother Andrew and his team who smuggled Bibles into China and Spies who work for good like Caleb and Joshua etc God judges our heart motivation.
What I consider is True friendship, is expressed in this Power Point ( link below )…I mostly send it to my friends although I posted it recently feeling lead to do so. I originally received it a few years ago, there was no known Author but I have adapted it and used differant pictures and more statements and as I do not use it to make money so there is copyright freedom. This statement below is very True …
Greater than our problems is our unwillingness to reach out honestly for help. And greater than our own solutions is our willingness to reach out and share honestly. Unexpressed admiration or Love encourages no one, and expressed correction when done for Love and in Love discourages others from continuing in error and helps them mature.
Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/friendship-bouquet/
Christian Love from both of us – Anne.
Will be enjoying a 2 week reprieve with my one-and-only. Hope to get back to blogging regularly soon.
Wishing you much enjoyment with your wife Pastor Brian as you have some well earned rest no doubt, we are looking forward to our time together too and hope to be leaving soon.
Some thoughts came to me about friendship last night, I will need to create another Power Point, we should never put our friends to the test, this is not Love, Jesus doesn’t test us but Satan does and we are never to seek revenge even by distancing ourselves from others or ignoring them, God is all about restoration and Unity, that is why He tells us not to seperate and also to be like minded and we will be if we have the mind of Christ, our focus will be the same.
Christian Love from both of us, we will be in touch.
P.S we are to test the spirit of those who teach us, but this is shown by God’s Truth, not man’s agenda.