There is grace for all of us, even the Pharisees..
I know because I've been a
Pharisee and judged others, and I can still be critical and judgmental
at times..So I want to say thank You, Papa, that You've got grace and love in Your heart
even for religious and legalistic people, for I've been one and You
loved me and saw behind the condemning attitude to a hurting person who
felt she must live up to some high standard
and felt she never would, felt You were disgusted with her..
critical attitudes simply come from this lack of seeing that one is
beloved, that there is no standard to have to measure up to..that one is
loved without any conditions and accepted even with all the failures..
know this Pharisee was healed by love and grace, and I pray that all
that struggle with condemning and critical attitudes can also be just
washed and overwhelmed and healed by His love and grace, too! And that
if there are any hurts or wounds from the past, that they would all be
healed in every way by His grace washing over, like a fountain of love
and tenderness! That every lie making anyone feel unworthy, unlovable,
'not good enough,' alienated, alone, uncared for, or shameful would be
silenced and melted into nothing by the love shining from His face, the
tender delight in His eyes for all of us!
Grace and peace to
all the Pharisees and hurting people out there, you are loved as you
are, you are accepted whether you ever change or not, you are His dear
and precious children and are totally embraced right now, wherever you
are at, no need to measure up, no standard to keep, no requirements put
upon you...you are perfect to Him just as you are and always have been!
So please don't call yourself a Pharisee, that's not who you truly are,
it's a lie and false identity you may sometimes take as your own, but
it isn't really you!...You are His dear little innocent child, loved
without regard to right or wrong, good or bad, what you do or don't do,
just plain loved because you are His very own and daddies love their
little ones... Don't even worry about changing all your attitudes,
seeing the truth more clearly or anything at all...Everything is going
to be okay, He won't reject you, He won't hurt you, He won't leave you -
Papa loves you, He's got you, and He won't let you go!