On Sunday, February 19, 2012, Pastor Bill pulled his congregation to their feet and held us all in his loving embrace as he reminded us to look more deeply into a person before judging a person, including ourselves. To really see beyond what we think we have to offer and to absorb what intentions and truth can provide.
When is the last time you really looked at a person?
Not the shell that God put them in,
but into their heart and thought about their truth, their intentions, their hurts, wants and needs.
When is the last time you looked at a person without putting your own thoughts into their acts?
I had the fortune on this eve to talk just about this subject – intention.
Scott’s birthday was quickly approaching but I knew we would be unable to celebrate the day of since our little guy was having surgery. I also realized that the closer weekend would be poorly timed due to recovery. The answer was to throw Scott his party the weekend before.
My intentions were to honor his birth to the best of my ability surrounded by friends on this Sunday. It was a successful event, to my understanding, and he felt loved. The intentions in this situation were clearly displayed.
During this gathering the men found themselves talking boisterously in the kitchen about all things male related while the women overran the dining table talking all things women related. At one point the question came up, “Would you stay with your husband if you knew he cheated on you?”
Of course the rousing response was “no”, but I said, “It depends.” Cheating is not beautiful. In truth, cheating is ugly and it hurts (a lot). And this was discussed, dissected, and lead us to honesty, truth, and a person’s choices. Here I looked at a woman whom I hold in high regard and said, “It is about intentions. If we look past the shell and into the heart of a person’s intentions than we will find their truth and our understanding.” She volleyed, “What about those that are good manipulators?” Ah, a wonderful question indeed.
What about those that are good at manipulation? Truly dishonest intentions, right? How does that impact you, the recipient of such manipulation?
36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat.
37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil,
38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.” And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” So he said, “Teacher, say it.” “There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head.
45 You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.
46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil.
47 Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Intentions – those pure of heart, pure of nature, shall find the greatest reward. Does this still work in today’s America? Society? Earth?