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by: Staci Stallings
I may have touched on this topic before. If so, consider this a repeat lesson.
The other day a friend told me about someone who had done something really nasty to another friend. Friend #1 was appalled that anyone would do such a thing. “Aren’t we supposed to be about supporting one another, not tearing each other down?”
Well, yes. We are. And it would certainly be nice if we all remembered that.
However, I’ve lived long enough to know that even Christians don’t always behave very kindly to each other.
We get going on our own agendas with our own back stories and the hurts we’re dragging along with us, and sometimes that spills over into how we behave toward each other.
See, I believe in Heaven, the point is that we will all get this concept. We will be so in tune with God and others that we will naturally respond in love. In fact, that’s how Heaven can happen right now.
But right now, we also get a lot of “not Heaven.” Why?
Because we haven’t yet learned that love always works and nothing else does. Here, we’re still trying things out like jealousy and anger and revenge. We haven’t decided for ourselves yet that love is always the best answer.
So we meet the hurt of other people with our hurt instead of our love. Someone does something to us, and we give our hurt permission to hurt them back. That is the knee-jerk response.
It is only when we begin to realize that all that does is perpetuate the hurt that we begin to wonder if there is another way. So, instead of hitting them back, we choose to forgive. We meet their hurt with our love.
That’s what Jesus did all the way to the cross–even before He was carrying it!
He met the world’s hurt–disease, fear, anger, jealousy–with perfect love. He believed in the power of love to overcome everything, and He clung to that belief all the way through death, Hell, and the grave and into the Resurrection.
Now I will be the first to tell you, this is NOT easy. It is not easy to return love for hurt. In fact, the only way we can do that consistently is to cling to God Who is the One Whose love never fails. We go to HIM to fill us with enough love that we can meet hurt with love. If we’re trying to go on our own love, we’re going to be sorely lacking.
So whatever trials you are facing, resolve to be the one in the situation who will react and act in love no matter what. When you do, love will change things. When you don’t, nothing else will change anything. But only YOU can decide which way you will respond. Choose wisely.
by: Staci Stallings During the craziness that was the beginning of February for me, I was on Twitter a lot. One thing about Twitter I’ve learned is that people are not shy to point out when they don’t agree with you–especially if you’re a Christian. Some people, it seems, live to try to…
by: Staci Stallings The Gospel reading last week was about the paralytic man who was carried by his friends to Jesus. I love the spin our pastor put on the story. “What is a faithful friend worth?” Wow. Good question. Here is this man who literally cannot help himself. Now, note, his friends…
by: Staci Stallings This continues our discussion from Monday… God is not competitive. Let me repeat that: God is not competitive. God does not have to compete because in the simplest terms, who would He compete against? He who made the universe by saying, “Let there be…” could beat everyone at everything…