PERSPECTIVES: It all depends upon which side of the road you stand.
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Two people can be standing on the same road, watching the same event take place at the same location on that road. The one may see things from the Right side and the other may see things from the Left side. It all depends upon which side of the road you are standing.
If you are on opposite sides of the road you will see things completely opposite of the person on the other side.
- This neither makes them or you a bad person or a good person. It is just a matter of which side of the road that you are on.
- It doesn’t make one smarter than the other, or a better person than the other. It is just a matter of which side of the road that you are on.
- On both sides of the road, the observers of the action in the road, some are good people and some are bad people. That is by a very subjective way of judging them to be good or bad.
- The Bible points out that all have sinned and that all are born in sin. That is, all the observers are all broken, damaged people, who do broken and damaged things. That brokenness colors or distorts every observers’ observations.
- Jesus came to heal our brokenness and that first shows up in how you respond to the world you see, that is the action in the road. It does not necessarily show up in you switching sides of the road. Jesus aims for the heart; that is, he aims for what is broken in you that causes you to see things and people the way that you do, that causes you to respond in the way that you do. He wants to heal and fix that and it is not an immediately accomplished transformation.
Romans 12:2 “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Events do not control your response and behavior; your heart affections, desires, and the injuries that your heart has experienced control your response.
It is time for each and everyone of us to show a lot more humility in both our response to what goes on in the road and in our response to how other people see the road.