When we read the four gospels, we see how many of the religious leaders, the scribes and the Pharisees, had set their minds on carefully examining and critically condemning others based on their laws and traditions rather then setting their minds on God and doing what God would do. Jesus knew what His Father did and would do, and as the Son of God, Jesus worked just as His Father did. Jesus did not walk upon this earth carefully examining and critically condemning others; rather, like His Father, Jesus went about doing good and seeking to help the needy. Many of the religious leaders had an Anti-God mindset rather than the mindset of Jesus and His Father; therefore, they condemned Jesus for doing the good He did because He did not do things their way.
Perhaps we know someone like the scribes and Pharisees (or perhaps we have thoughtlessly become like these religious leaders). They are quick to point out the errors and mistakes of others no matter what the error or mistake—even the smallest ones. Everything others say and do must be compared to their ideas of perfection, of right and wrong, of good and bad, of acceptable and unacceptable, and they believe it is their responsibility to make sure others live according to their ideas in every area of life—as did the scribes and Pharisees. They also tend to remember the sins of others and remind others of their past sins with the idea that this may help the sinner do better and avoid sinning. They have put their ways above God’s ways. They have an Anti-God mindset.
Let’s look at a God mindset. Consider how the Father and Jesus acted differently. They went about looking for good things to say and do, rather than going about looking for people and behaviors they could criticize or condemn. When Jesus saw a man who had been ill for thirty-eight years, Jesus did not seek him out and say something like, “Because of your horrible past sins, you have been sitting here and suffering for thirty-eight years. Now, shape up! Take up your mat and walk. And don’t use your walking to start walking into sin again.” Rather, without reference to his past, Jesus used the way of love and met the man’s immediate need when He healed him completely. Later, when Jesus saw the man in the temple and knew the man had not faced his past and repented of his sins, Jesus tried to help him spiritually as well as physically when He said, “Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” Without pointing out the man’s past sins, without condemning or threatening the man, Jesus gave the man a choice to make about how he would live in the future with his newly restored health. Jesus sought to meet the needs of the whole person. Rather than go about criticizing others like the scribes and Pharisees did, who never thanked God for all the good they saw Jesus doing, the God mindset seeks to serve others and do good as they have learned from God through Jesus in the Bible. The God mindset looks for ways help people and point people to Jesus, not for ways they can criticize people.
As Christians, let us look for the good that we can do for others seven days a week, because that is the way our Heavenly Father and Jesus work. Living like Jesus and our Heavenly Father will lead us to praise and thank God for the work that we see them doing in the world and even through us.
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