From If by Amy Carmichael:

If I find myself half-carelessly taking lapses for granted, “Oh that’s what they always do,” 
“Oh, of course she talks like that, he acts like that,” then I know nothing of Calvary love.

This paragraph was excellent food for thought. While I don’t want to cast stones or judge others for lapses in character or action, I should be grieved over sin in another person’s life. When I see a person (saved or lost, it doesn’t matter) who is not behaving in a way that lines up with Scripture, I should be grieved in my heart. I should pray for their salvation, or for their turning back to the Lord. Others only see Christ in us by our works. If our works do not glorify God, then how can we be a light for our Savior? One cannot see my soul to know that Jesus does, in fact, abide there. They can only see Him through my words and deeds.

I want to pray and grieve when one isn’t obeying the Savior. I don’t want to brush it off. I don’t want to make excuses for them. I don’t want to judge. I want to love.


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