The Value of a Life

Candy Spilman By Candy Spilman, 16th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/164w7yhq/
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There are some people in this life that seem to have no good whatsoever in them. Does that make them worthless?

Deemed worthless

A few years ago, someone was causing grief to a member of my family. This person was being financially supported by said family member; was dishonest, cheated, used drugs, and I could go on. At one point, when I feared for the safety of my family member, I called the police. I made a remark on Facebook that he was worthless and that they should lock him up and throw away the key.

I later apologized publicly for my words, even though I honestly meant them. The fact is, as soon as I stated my opinion of his value, I felt Jesus telling me, “I thought he was worth dying for.”

What the Bible says

That realization sobered me. To quote a line from a song by Casting Crowns, “Jesus paid much too high a price for us to pick and choose who should come.” Granted, this person was showing no interest in coming to Christ, but the point is, by my audacious words, I was making myself a judge. I was saying that some of us have merit in life, but others do not.

The often-quoted John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus reminded me that we are all sinners in need of grace, and I had no business declaring someone for whom He died for to be worthless.

The fact is, God’s heart is breaking for this person. God wants him to come to a knowledge of the truth and be set free. II Peter 3:9 states that He is not willing that ANY (emphasis mine) should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Since that time, my family member has broken ties with him and I am glad. I don’t think anyone should be with a person who abuses them, but I need to remember that every person has worth in God’s eyes. Instead of harboring hateful thoughts about those I tend to judge, I now try to pray for them instead.

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Christian, Essay, Forgiveness, God, Jesus, Judge, Value, Worth, Worthless

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jul 2015 (#)

I think almost all faiths have similar take. I take a view we take our own path, learn from our mistakes - sort of guided by past karma and creating future ones too.

But one should not create misery for others especially those who try to help - siva

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