What’s Love Got To Do With It

5 Dec

Sometimes life is full of unbearable heartache. No other way to go about saying that. And the sad part is, we do it to each other. We add to heartache by the way we act and treat one another. I understand the concept and wholeheartedly believe we live in a broken and sinful world, so a part of the hurt comes from that fact. But I find it unbelievable when we choose not to love. We are sinful, truth. But we also have the choice to react to people’s sin with our own sin or conquer it with love and we hardly ever choose the latter. We make life so much more difficult for one another when we choose to hold onto others’ faults and cling to resentment and bitterness. “But you don’t know how she embarassed me.” “You don’t understand how horrible of a man he is.” Maybe I don’t, but I do know the ugliness you see in others proves there’s also that same ugliness that lives inside of you and me. (That doesn’t mean we avoid helping people out of sin like it talks about in Galatians 6, just FYI.) The more we avoid forgiveness and the less we let go of the hurt, the more of a chance we’ve missed out on doing life together. Helping one another. Being more like Jesus, the one we say we long to be like. Life is so difficult. Life is so incredibly hard. It could be beautiful. It could be so different if we took a page from Jesus. Even after being condemned to die on a cross, even as He hung there bruised, bloody, and unrecognizable He said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) If a perfect God can look at you and me and say there is NOTHING you could do that would make Me love you less, than why do we, every one of us who is full of imperfections, think we are so high and mighty to avoid the command of loving one another? I will be the first to admit, I have yet to fully understand and fully put this into practice, and I’m not always the best at it. But I’m trying, and I will do everything I can to do so because there is nothing I want more than to look like Jesus more today than I did yesterday. We could change the world, revolutionize The Church, and look more like our Savior if we would just get over ourselves. If we would just stop being so stubborn, stop being so stinking self-centered. We need each other to reach a lost and dying world. If I, a Christian, find it unbelievable that we practice the exact opposite of the One who I gave my life to, then there is no doubt that those on the outside of our family find it unbelievable as well…

 

Be the tangible love people need. Let’s work on it together. 

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

 

You ARE loved!

~Amanda

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