From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. … Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.b The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

The natural man looks at everyone through the lens of fallen human nature – ours and theirs. We do not forget faults, rather we focus on them and let them be the defining factor of who they are, or who we are. We are quick to judge and may ruthlessly criticize, spelling hopelessness for them and for us.

In Christ, however, we see everyone differently. We see ourselves as special projects of grace – forgiven, redeemed, reconciled, restored, set in a new path with a new future. We see others also with the promise of redemption – even if they do not yet believe, we see what they could become in Christ.

None of this needs to be deliberately ignorant of sin, for redemption required the death of Christ for our sin. But neither is sin the final word on anybody. Grace is!

Who do you have trouble with? Who do you struggle with? Let the grace of God in Christ – either in reality because that person has believed, or in potentiality because that person could believe – be the defining factor on considering every person – even yourself!

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