Seeing Everyone As Opportunities to Bless

The big question of the day, or rather… this post, is how do you see people? How we see people determines a lot about what others see in us. That is why I making the goal of this post to convince you to start seeing everyone as opportunities to bless. You will see improvements in your life, in your relationships, in your reputation, and more, if you take this wisdom to heart.

Distorted Perspectives

The first thing you ought to know is that our perspective on others may indicate something about us. If you’re really honest with yourself, you’d see how easy it is to judge others, to rely upon baseless biases, and more.

The point is that we’re not perfect. And the last thing we should do is claim to be perfect. We’ve been trained by our culture, by our family, by our traditions, and more, to think in ways which don’t make sense.

Mark 7:9 World English Bible (WEB)
He said to them, “Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

Now, the Bible is pretty clear on the cost of such worldly traditions, too.

Proverbs 14:12 World English Bible (WEB)
12 There is a way which seems right to a man,
    but in the end it leads to death.

Did you catch that? If you didn’t, let me point it out to you. The scripture above states that the ways of man which seem right, lead unto death.

That’s a bit frightening. And it is as true as it is terrifying. The wrong thinking and the wrong perspective can lead you in the direction opposite to the blessings and life which God has in plan for you.

Racism is an all-too-common example of the ramifications brought upon mankind when a deadly mindset is accepted.

Racism is a way in which arrogant people view others as inferior due to a difference in skin colour, and so, this mindset leads to the mistreatment of others as well as the darkening of one’s own soul. And racism surely has led to death every single time it’s been accepted by human beings.

A manipulator who cheats on their spouse is another example of distorted perspectives. When one sees people as opportunities to please one’s self and doesn’t understand the value of faithfulness, their life is headed towards destruction.

A Transformation of Perspective

So, there needs to be a shift in the way you think. For so long, we have based our values, perspectives, and ideals on what our world has given us.

But, the Bible clearly points out that the world’s standard of good is not God’s ideal. Our world was never supposed to be based on slogans like “survival of the fittest,” or “winning the rat race.”

We were never supposed to view other people as subjects of manipulation or exploitation. The thought of taking advantage of vulnerable people never came across the most precious mind of God.

Yet, it’s a thought that repeats itself within the minds of those who embrace the world’s standard of good. That is why there is so much corruption, injustice, and evil that persists in every nation.

Romans 5:12 World English Bible (WEB)
12 Therefore as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; so death passed to all men, because all sinned.

But instead, how does God want us to treat people?

Mark 9:35 King James Version (KJV)
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Lord Jesus Christ said we ought to serve others, to love them, and to treat them well. This doesn’t mean we need to be a doormat for others to exploit. Instead, Lord Jesus means that we’re supposed to respect and love others as God loves us.

How do you know that God loves you? He showed His love to you on the cross. God came down in the flesh as Lord Jesus Christ and people hated His ministry of compassion, so, they, with all the religious teachers decided to crucify Him.

Seeing Everyone as Opportunities to Bless

Yet, this was all part of God’s plan so that through Him bearing your punishment, you would no longer suffer hell because of His sacrifice. Therefore, you only need to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour as a way of accepting His love as well as transformative grace.

Romans 10:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

I talk more about God’s salvation plan for humanity in this post.

Ask God for the grace to start seeing everyone as opportunities to bless. God calls us to be generous, to give unto the poor, to always be helpful to those who are in need of aid, and more.

We ought to follow the example of Christ. There should not be any hint of selfishness as selfishness is what leads people to throw others under the bus for their own benefit.

John 13:15 World English Bible (WEB)
15 For I have given you an example, that you should also do as I have done to you.

Furthermore, we were all headed down the path to God’s fierce judgment and wrath as God is holy and must rightfully punish people like us for the things we’ve done wrong. However, God is a God of love. He decided to let Himself be destroyed that we may be made alive.

Therefore, place your faith in the finished work of Lord Jesus Christ. Diligently read the Bible and see Christ’s example to us as we learn to serve others and be a blessing to everyone we meet. Fix your eyes upon Lord Jesus; you’ll start seeing everyone as opportunities to bless.

The Hidden Yet Precious Value of Your Trust

The Hidden Yet Precious Value of Trust

No one can deny that there is a hidden yet precious value in your trust. And the sad truth is that many people do not know how to deal with situations where they should or should not trust certain people. In fact, trust occur only within relationships and these relationships heavily connect to your mental health. So, we will be exploring the issue of trust and as to how you should trust others.

Establish the Hidden Yet Precious Value of Your Trust

You must first realize that your trust is significant. It is not something to be toyed with. In fact, it has such a power, that even God is very careful when dealing with your trust. He makes it so important that He centers His very relationship with you on trust.

Romans 10:9-10 World English Bible (WEB)
that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart, one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation.

Not only do you need trust to enter a relationship with God, you also need it to maintain a relationship with God. God makes it clear that you must trust Him with your entire life and He is very much pleased with you placing your faith in Him.

Hebrews 11:6 King James Version (KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

John 8:24 World English Bible (WEB)
24 I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.”

And the same goes for all your other relationships. Trust is simply vital. And if you don’t realize that, then, you will put your trust in all of the wrong places. You need to know the value of your trust whether you’re entering a marriage, friendship, or any other relationship.

Furthermore, your trust has value because you have value. God came down to Earth in the form of a human being as Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago. And since God did not want you to pay the eternal price for your mistakes and sins, He died on the cross for you. After three days He rose again so that He could put His eternal life in you, once you accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. I talk more about it in this post.

Discern the Motives Behind Your Trust

Next, it is absolutely crucial that you judge your thoughts. When you are trusting someone to do or uphold something, you must make sure that you are assigning your trust with the right motives. Don’t trust people out of “pity” or something similar to that.

It is very easy for an individual to trust others for all the wrong reasons. And such relationships tend to lead to destruction. Remember that your trust has a hidden yet precious value in the sight of God. You should only trust people with good reason.

Also, trust is an expression of love. When you love someone as a friend or as a spouse or as anything similar to that, trust will come out of that relationship.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 World English Bible (WEB)
Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Another translation for the word, “believes” in the verse above is “trusts.” So the verse is saying that love trusts all things. And in the context of that passage, it doesn’t mean you’ve got to trust everything and everyone, it means that love involves trust. That is why you can trust God and that is why He can trust you.

In conclusion, ask yourself why you are trusting the person you trust, and make sure your motives for doing such a thing isn’t twisted, foolish, or evil before entering a relationship. If you’re already in a relationship, let God bless that relationship so that your trust will grow as your love grows.

2 Corinthians 13:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Place Your Trust in the Heavenly Counselor

Above all, it is best for you to place all of your trust only in Jesus Christ. People will fail your trust because imperfect people are imperfect, that’s just the way it is. And even you are imperfect, but God is perfect. Only God is qualified enough to never fail someone who rightfully puts their trust in Him.

Psalm 118:8 World English Bible (WEB)
It is better to take refuge in Yahweh,
    than to put confidence in man.

Even Jesus Christ could not trust certain people. God knows that people are not perfect, He knows the twisted nature of human beings. But, that does not compromise His love for human beings. That is why you should learn to love people as Christ loves them, but at the same time, know not to trust everyone.

John 2:23-25 World English Bible (WEB)
23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in his name, observing his signs which he did. 24 But Jesus didn’t entrust himself to them, because he knew everyone25 and because he didn’t need for anyone to testify concerning man; for he himself knew what was in man.

There may be people who are deceptive or crooked in mind, and so, discern well. Discern the motives of those who approach you, and although God loves them, don’t make yourself vulnerable to wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Matthew 7:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Therefore, I advise you to know the hidden yet precious value of your trust and to wholly trust Jesus Christ. His Holy Spirit will guide you and if you seek His counsel, He will help you discern who you should trust and point out the motives of your own heart which require correction. That is why the Bible calls Holy Spirit as our “Counselor.”

John 14:26-27 World English Bible (WEB)
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, I give to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.

By Andre Wijesekera.