Why is “your group” your group?
Continuing on last week’s post about filters this week I am going to share with you the idea of the “us” filter.
Last week I gave you all an introduction to the filters we use in our everyday lives. We also have filters we use for the friends that we choose. Filters can be great for choosing friends if you use it to find people who are beneficial to you and those around you, but if they are used in a negative way they can be very bad.
Using filters for people can sometimes cause you to see “us” and “them.”
We all know “them.” They are the people we see and don’t want anything to do with. They might be the outcasts, the people who are different than us, the people that we don’t want to be seen with.
Using our different filters can lead to separating “us” from “them.” This is where the “us” filter comes into play. The “us” filter allows us to see people for who they really are. Every person is made in the image of God which means we all have intrinsic God-given value. We all have have value and no one can place that value on us unless they are Jesus. The “us” filter also shows us that every person we see is someone who Jesus died for.
Instead of seeing people through our normal filters and only seeing them for what they are on the outside why don’t we see them through Him? That would transform the whole concept of “us” and “them.” There would no longer be a “them,” but a singular group of people.
Colossians 3:12 says to “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Show compassion, lend your strength, acknowledge that we are all on the same level, don’t be overbearing, and slow down. Above all put on God’s love. Extend love to all who you encounter.
Use the “us” filter whenever you encounter people. See them for who they are: a person with God-given value who Jesus died for just like you and me.