Tough! He Said Love.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time loving people.
Let me be even more honest this morning.
Sometimes I have a hard time loving Christian people.
I don’t struggle so much to love non-Christian people. I can accept a LOT from non-Christian people. I don’t expect them to adhere to Christian standards.
Unfortunately, I hold Christian people to a high standard. And sometimes I’m crushed when they don’t love the way I think the Bible tells us to love. Then I have a hard time loving them the way I should.
Vicious cycle to fall into.
I’m struggling to love lately because I’m saddened by the pain and confusion I see inflicted on Christians by other Christians. And I feel guilty because I’m having a hard time loving.
If you read much of what I write, you have probably figured out I use New King James Version of scripture. I adhere to King James Version, but NKJV is so much more “friendly”.
However, I often read scripture in MANY versions. I’m going to share the above scripture again from The Message simply because the interpretation really grabbed my attention this morning.
I must stop talking about love, and live love.
Sometimes love is tough.
That means I have to address the situation that has me withholding love. Yuck. It’s easier to just steer clear. Ignore. Hope it goes away. Let God bring the situation to their attention. But it’s getting worse; not better.
Do you see what love shuts down?
I am my own worst enemy. I find fault with everything I say and do. Did you read the beginning of my post today? Who was I blaming?
God is greater than my heart and knows all things. Hallelujah!!!
Once I stop blaming myself, I can be bold and free before God.
THAT. That’s what I want.
Despite my failures, despite my anger instead of love, despite my self-criticism, God loves me. God loves me.
And guess what? He loves YOU, too!
I can’t speak for you, but like the lyrics above, I DON’T have time to maintain these regrets. I have been called to love as He has loved.