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What Labels You?

08 Apr

Happy Easter! Christ is risen, risen indeed.

Today was such a powerful Easter service with Crossroads Greeley. We talked about “doubters” and the label that Apostle Thomas (the twin) received for voicing his lack of belief when the disciples said they had seen the risen Jesus on resurrection Sunday.

How do labels (good ones, or wrong ones) shape your thinking? I don’t think Thomas knew that he’d carry the label “doubter” for the next 2000 years simply because he told his friends, “I’m not going to believe that Jesus rose from the dead until I see him again, put my fingers in the nail holes in his hands, and place my hands in the wound in his side.” (John 20:25)

What kind of labels shape you?

Here’s what I know, Jesus didn’t label Thomas “the doubter”. He didn’t come into the room and throw some kind of labels around and point fingers at Thomas. He gracefully cared for Thomas and said, “Peace be with you. Come and see me, place your fingers here, and put your hand here in my side.” Jesus showed so much grace, when we turn and label people. Jesus doesn’t belittle our lack of faith. He doesn’t make us feel small, different, segregated … Jesus is the welcomer of those of us who doubt.

May we become those who show more grace to others, rather than labeling and pushing others away. God shows us evidence that He’s the one to believe in that we might become new.

Happy Easter!!! Christ is Risen, indeed.

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2012 in Sermons

 

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One response to “What Labels You?

  1. kimamrine@hotmail.com

    April 9, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for sharing this Reid…Hope you, your family, and those you worshipped with had a wonderful Easter celebration….I am so aware of how easily I label (and stereotype)…For me, it keeps me from entering their world and loving them like Jesus….A quick label dismisses someone, gives me permission to keep him or her at arms length….most of it is extremely subconscious, but nevertheless damaging to me and to others…

     

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