We grow and change every day.
Isn’t that the goal?
Saul/Paul started out murdering Christians, then went on to write most of the New Testament. Can you imagine if everyone had treated Paul like he were still Saul? His ministry would be shot. He’d be done. But, they didn’t judge him on what he used to do.
No one is perfect or without sin. We all sin. We’re all imperfect.
We have to be gracious, and allow others to mature in their lives and in the faith. It’s a journey, not a destination. We’ll never have “arrived.” So, be kind to those stumbling on the path, or veering off it. The goal is to lovingly help them back where they can rest in Jesus. We’ve all wandered off at one point or tripped over an obstacle.
Likewise, just because someone was once lost in the forest, doesn’t mean that’s where they stayed. They may have found their way back. Or, God may choose to bless them in the wilderness.
And, maybe it’s us. Maybe we’re the ones who were lost in the forest, but now found the path. We wouldn’t want others to judge us by who we were. I certainly wouldn’t!
So, let’s treat each other the way Jesus treated everyone.
Be kind. Be generous. Be helpful.