[Love one another]
I feel beat up, run ragged, and deflated today. After only just picking myself back up preceding a rough go of things health wise, I then get hit from another angle. I guess turbulence is to be expected; it comes with the territory, right? The thing is, getting metaphorically smacked in the face shouldn’t come from family, but far too often it does. The Bible says to love one another. It’s pretty straightforward, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what this means, especially considering that love is spelled out for us in Scripture.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. –1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Have I always gotten it right? No. Do I make mistakes? Yes, but I’m giving it my best, and I will correct my course if I’ve taken a wrong turn. God knows I’m not making this up. Unfortunately some people make it look like they aren’t even trying anymore. I know that I’m ranting here, but I have to let off some steam. Jesus would in fact do this, and he did when people were turning His Father’s house into something it shouldn’t be. Well I’m frustrated too! Not just because I was on the receiving end of that total lack of love, but because I’m tired of seeing people treating each other badly. I’m tired of watching people who call themselves Christians dishonor others, and behave rudely. I’m tired of people getting angry over nothing, being impatient, and holding things against one another. It shouldn’t be this way!
I’m not talking about making the occasional mistake here. Nobody’s that perfect. That’s why forgiveness is so necessary. What I’m talking about is the lack of correcting your course when you’re doing the very things you’re told not to do. I don’t understand this, and I’m getting tired of being on the receiving end of that lack of love in the body of Christ.
While I don’t enjoy being smacked around, I’m getting pretty good at turning the other cheek. At least both cheeks will come up rosy.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” — 1 Corinthians 13:13
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” –John 13:34-35
If you’re interested in reading more from this series, all entries can be found here:
And the first entry can be found here: