Up a Creek…

It seems like everywhere we turn today, there’s cause for concern, worry, and panic. The world is currently filled with hate and despair and violence and division; it would be easy to let our current state lock us in a full-blown depression. My heart has been grieved by the hurt and pain that flows through people all around the world, causing them to hurt others who just perpetuate the cycle. Our society is divided on virtually every issue, I don’t know that there’s one position or issue we could reach an overwhelming majority on. It seems to me that we’re up a creek without a paddle, we have no cell service, we’ve lost our map, our boat also seems to be leaking, we’re in piranha-infested waters, and it’s about to storm, just for good measure.

So, what do we do? 

Love.

I know it sounds cheesy, I know it seems like a ridiculous notion, but that’s the best solution. I’m not talking about some Disney fairy-tale or a Sandra Bullock movie, I’m talking true, real, ever-lasting Love. I’m talking about a conscious choice, a decision that’s made, a discipline that’s developed, something that sticks around long after feelings fade.

Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant 
or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. 

What cracks me up about our society today is that people keep saying that love is the answer who don’t know Jesus. If you don’t know Jesus, you don’t really know what real love is. Before I knew God, I didn’t think love existed, I thought it was a gimmick or something made up for people’s entertainment. Then I learned about Jesus, who loved me more than he loved himself. God is love and chose to do something about it; he put his love on display for all to see.

Jesus is patient and kind;
Jesus does not envy or boast;
he is not arrogant 
or rude.
Jesus does not insist on his own way;
he is not irritable or resentful;
he does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Jesus bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Jesus never ends.

Imagine what our world looked like if we were more like Jesus:
What if we chose to be patient and kind with everyone, even the most infuriating people?
What if we were intentional not to be envious or boastful or prideful or rude?
What if we deferred to others occasionally;
what if we dropped offenses just as Jesus has freely forgiven us?
What if we focused on the truth unswervingly and encouraged others to do the same?
What if we believed in people?
What if we clung to hope instead of cynicism?
What if we endured instead of looking for an escape?

This isn’t easy. Loving others is difficult and something that goes against our standard M.O., but is worth it. I believe the world would look drastically different if Christians began to look more like Jesus.

How could your world change if you took the love that God gave you and shared it with others? I’m ready to find out, are you?

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