A Life Stirred

Gossip and Imago Dei

on October 10, 2014

So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27

I touched on this yesterday, but I think it deserves a bit more attention.

We are made in the image of God.

All of us.  You.  Me.  Your husband.  Your annoying coworker.  That rude waitress.  Your friends.  Your enemies.  Everyone.

Everyone is made in the image of God.

Which means everyone has an intrinsic value.  Everyone was created by the Lord.  Everyone is loved by the Lord.  Everyone is valuable.

In Latin, it’s called the “Imago Dei.”  The Image of God.

In Matt Chandler’s current sermon series, “A Beautiful Design,” he highlights that many of our relational issues are, at the core, an Imago Dei issue.  (Go listen to “In His Image.”  It’s awesome.  It’ll change how you think about the people around you.)

Gossip is an Imago Dei issue.  When we gossip or slander or vent or criticize, we forget that there is a real, live Imago Dei person that we are talking about.  And that real, live Imago Dei person has feelings and a story, and they deserve grace and understanding and love.  They deserve those things, even if they aren’t acting like they deserve it.

I mean, isn’t that what the Lord does for us?  Romans 5:8 says that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

While we were still sinners.  While we were still haters of God.  That is when He sent His son to die for us and forgive us.  Before.

As believers, we too should extend grace and love and patience and understand to others…before they deserve it.

So, if we want to gossip (or vent or criticize), it is oh-so-important to remember Imago Dei and the Lord’s forgiveness for us.  I honestly believe if I could remember those things, I would be much more careful with my words.

What do you think?  Have you ever considered Imago Dei?  Does it change the way you view others?

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