1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sale of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
The message for me this morning is to always remember people come with their baggage. To ignore the baggage is to ignore something important about that person. If we understand someone’s background a little bit, we are less apt to insult them or belittle them, without meaning to. We are more apt to understand their needs. It is God’s job to send the Holy Spirit to another, but we can sometimes help get the process started.
Holy Father, you know we all start from such different places, and we all walk different paths. Help me to understand this when I talk to others about you. Amen