Drugs Can Be Both Beneficial or Harmful
Today’s post cones from Ian Coate of FreeChristianIllustrations.com
When we hear the word ‘drugs’, it conjures all sorts of images – probably most of those images are negative.
Drugs get a bad name from the damage caused when misused and abused. However, the primary purpose of drugs is to be beneficial to mankind. In medicine, they are useful in many processes of healing and have relieved a great deal of suffering.
It is ironic, then, that many have benefited from using drugs, while others have destroyed their lives because of them.
God designed Christians to be beneficial to all humanity – to help heal a sick world through the example and power of Jesus Christ. Yet Christians (like drugs) have a bad reputation because of the damage they have caused. Sadly, Christians are often viewed as self-righteous, narrow-minded, judgmental people who exhibit little tolerance and even less grace.
As Christians, we should evaluate how we represent Jesus Christ to those around us: our acquaintances, friends and family. We should question, are people better or worse off through knowing us? Are we intolerant and judgmental to any who don’t adhere to our standards? Do we take from those around us without giving? Do we always expect grace, mercy and compassion but never give it? Are we encouraging or a drain to those around us?
If we are focused on self instead of God, we will be like a devilish drug and eventually damage those closest to us. We may be Christians, but we will be a cause of misery to all who become involved with us.
God designed Christians to be a gift to the world – a pipeline for His grace – a source of healing for those suffering – a refuge for the lost. This will only be achieved when we stop acting like self-righteous Pharisees and start being occupied with our Lord Jesus Christ and exhibit his traits.
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Colossians 3:12-13.