April 13, challenging, church, God's Grace, God's plan, SundaySchool

Do I have to?

There are things that we do not want to do in this journey that we travel along.  My dog Pippa, for instance, does not like taking a bath.  I don’t like cleaning the house, or ironing. I am sure that we could compose a long list of things that we do not like to do and many times try to pass along to someone else. What if the things that we do not want to do relates to people.  Many times these things that we so desperately dislike are things that make us feel some kind of emotional connection to people.  For example, I am thinking of one person that I truly do not like being around because of the way she talks to me and others.  I would rather remove myself from the situation than to deal with this person.  What is the problem is at work?  Maybe there is a situation that feels helpless so we would rather not be respectful or professional to the person in charge.  Sometimes we may feel as though we have been slighted by someone, and we cannot wait for karma to come back around….double…triple the pain that experience.  Is it truly about love and forgiveness?

I have spent the day continuing to work on a Sunday School lesson about loving one another.  Yes, it has definitely hit home, and I know I have a long way to go to be more Christ like.  However, I know when I need to make a change, and I must admit that I have not taken to heart as I should the greatest commandment which is to love one another.  What a challenging commandment!  It would be easier to pick and choose the people we love, especially when others have hurt us terribly or let us down in some way.  This commandment means that we are to show genuine concern for other believers, and not to repay evil for evil.  Jesus says in Luke 6:33 that we are to do good to those who do evil to us. What?  I don’t want to love them.  I want to be mad at them and pray that they get to experience the same hurt and humiliation that I did!

Grace!  How blessed we are that God’s grace extends to us and that we are not subject to our same judgement by him.  He loves us…..no matter what we have done.  That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t disciple us, but that he has unconditional and self-sacrificing love for us.  If we have the Holy Spirit within us, then we will strive to show love to others without any reservations or motives.

Do you know how hard this lesson is to study and teach?  I have learned that the best lessons are those that move me to change before I present it to others.  What blessings have you received by loving others….even those you never thought you could love?


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