Thursday, October 13, 2011

Finding Good in the Bad

Wish good for those who harm you;
wish them well and do not curse them.
~Romans 12:14

It would be hard to find someone worse than Judas.  Some say he was a good man with a backfired strategy.  I don't buy that.  The Bible says, "Judas... was a thief" (John 12:6).  The man was a crook.  Somehow he was able to live in the presence of God and experience the miracles of Christ and remain unchanged.  In the end he decided he'd rather have money than a friend, so he sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver... Judas was a scoundrel, a cheat, and a bum.  How could anyone see him any other way?

I don't know, but Jesus did.  Only inches from the face of his betrayer, Jesus looked at him and said, "Friend, do what you came to do" (Matthew 26:50).  What Jesus saw in Judas as worthy of being called a friend, I can't imagine.  But I do know that Jesus doesn't lie, and in that moment he saw something good in a very bad man...

He can help us do the same with those who hurt us.

~From Grace for the Moment, by Max Lucado


  1. What perspective.

    If you only knew what was happening in my life right now, you'd know that God needed me to read this.

    Thank you - for whatever prompted you to post this.

  2. It spoke volumes to me too- glad to pass along the blessing!


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