Christ’s love looks beyond our present, to see our potential.

Isaiah 19:25
“The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying “Blessed by Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”” 
What a jarring passage of scripture!
Throughout the Bible we see Egypt as a force of evil–in conflict with God’s people, and consistently enduring the judgement of God. But for Egypt to be known as “God’s people”?!
Even in their Godless, sinful state, God was able to look at Egypt and Assyria and see who they would someday become through the power of Christ. 
It’s often easy to see people’s present situation, and forget about who they could become. God dealt with Egypt and enacted judgement on them on many occasions…but He never forgot about their potential and the promise awaiting them in the Messiah who was to come.
I want to see people the way that God does–acknowledging reality, but never losing sight of their potential in Christ. I don’t want to lock people in a box of their worst moments, but rather point them forward to their highest potential.
This isn’t always easy, when people display their worst. I need to daily seek God’s wisdom and strength, to love people the way that He does.
God, thank you for never giving up on me. Help me to love others with that same love, even when it’s not easy. Help me to see the potential in people, rather than just seeing them through the lens of their present state.

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