"But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him... a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory" - Matthew 12:14, 20
Adolf Hitler and Mother Theresa both made a dramatic impact on their world. One brought death and the other life. One was all about domination while the other was all about submission. One spewed out condemnation and the other compassion. One was filled with hate while the other was driven by love. One tore his world down while the other built hers up.
The New Testament world was impacted by the Pharisees and the Lord Jesus. The one was a group of powerful religious men and the other was the Son of God. The most profound difference is found in the fact that the Pharisees were selfish leaders and Jesus was a selfless leader. The Pharisees were filled with hate while the Lord was driven by love. The one tore others down, while the Other built them up.
Looking at such a contrast, how do you seek to make an impact on your world my friend? Are you all about power or pardon, malice or mercy, hate or love? You can choose to impact men by the ways of men or the ways of Jesus. One will tear others down and one will build them up. Which will you choose?