17 January 2011

love your enemies

Though we are followers of Christ, we do not do a good job of presenting ourselves as humans - imperfect beings. We say we've "made bad choices" or "done the wrong thing", but we don't open up because we are insecure.
It's easier for us to throw out "big" things - drugs, sex, excessive partying, porn, you name it - when we're generalizing. Sometimes we even use those more extreme examples in such a way that we're gloating over them.
When it comes right down to it, we leave out the rest.
This is me showing you "the rest" of me:
I have been frustrated for most of today. Earlier, I was livid - irrationally upset. Why? Because someone wasn't doing what I thought was right, regardless of their reasoning. I could justify it by saying what this person has done is wrong..it is five times wrong, but they still deserve the love of God.
I'm really trying to wrap my mind around the concept of loving people.. I've got the whole love your friends side of it down pretty well, I think. (If I don't .. you can tell me, but be nice)
But when it comes to loving people who have done something so ... so ridiculously wrong I just don't know what to do. Sometimes I wonder how God looks past all the bad things we've done and sees the masterpiece He created. I'm the target of my own frustration here as well.

Scripture says love those who hate you and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). We're called to be examples of Christ to those around us - even those that absolutely bother us. How is that even possible when you just want to get in someone's face and yell at them for some of the idiotic, pathetic, heartless things they've done?

I've done idiotic, pathetic, heartless things, though. And I don't want someone yelling at me about it. There was a time when I didn't think they were idiotic, pathetic, or heartless at all..and I would have been so unreceptive to yelling then. Now that I realize what I've done, I would just cry.

I don't have an answer. In some situations, I think Jesus would've been compassionate, but in others I wonder if He would have put his foot down and yelled.

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