I was just speaking with a brother the other day about how cynical and sarcastic I used to be before I became a Christian. Of course, those of you who know me and love me are raising one eyebrow as I say this, because you know how sarcastic my sense of humor still is.
But I think the difference is that overall, my view of people has changed. I still have fun and exercise my gift of hyperbole at your expense.
But the Spirit of the risen Christ within me has awakened a sense of the worth of people around me. And now I tend to see the best in people. I realize that as I’m typing that, it sounds very self-congratulatory. But it’s not. Believe me. Because my flesh is always on the prowl, the cynical, mocking and derisive Nathanael is always rearing his ugly head.
But God, in His mercy, is overcoming this and helping me become more like His Son who always sees the potential in people.