In 1 Peter 2:1-12 (ESV) it says,
“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. …”
Sadly, our world today is a place where labels have become dominant and ultimately define a person’s identity. The reality is, the place where judging others may be at its worst is the Church. It has become second nature for many to label those around them and we often forget the key ingredient of grace. So, while as followers of Jesus, we must continually remind ourselves that we are all “broken,” “sinful,” etc… and that these are not labels we should judge our brothers and sisters by, but our very nature as a fallen human race. Therefore, I urge you to pray about this today – how does labeling others affect my relationships with those I am attempting to disciple in Jesus’ name?
Galatians 3:27-29 (ESV) says,
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”
Are we not all broken? Jud Wilhite once said, “We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. So when we are in the mess, remember Jesus made it right. We got to hang on to that by faith.” It is our role as God’s messengers to love those around us. It’s time we stop labeling and, instead, focus on loving in order that we might truly open a discipleship opportunity with those who both know Jesus and those that have yet to meet His warm embrace.