When That Guy Is Bugging You
Posted: Tuesday, March 24
Verse of the day:
Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. (Luke 6:35)
Who’s bugging you right now? If you had the freedom to do it, who would you tell exactly how you feel about them? People are frustrating, right? Sometimes they’re just the worst. I couldn’t tell you how many times people have irked me to the point of sheer madness, and I’m certain you’ve felt the same way. Doing life with other people can make it so aggravating and harder than it seems it should be.
Reading what Jesus says in today’s one year Bible reading plan sure can make it hard to be a Christian. Jesus not only says that we need to tolerate our enemies, most of us can do that, but he takes it a step further and says that we need to actively love them - making love a verb, an action. It’s easy to read that and think, “Sure Jesus, I’ll show love to this guy by not socking him in the mouth next time he says something to me.” While yes, that is a loving action of restraint, Jesus calls us to live lives with sacrificial love even to our enemies. If someone’s been driving you up a wall and causing harm for no apparent reason but honestly needs your help, Jesus instructs his followers to meet those needs without ever expecting anything in return. Not even a thank you. Trust me, I understand this is a pretty hard lifestyle to adapt, but Jesus says that living with this kind of love will result in the highest reward we could ever receive! Even better and more satisfying than seeing our enemies get what’s coming to them!
If you’re really struggling with dealing with someone, I encourage you to began praying for them right now! As soon as you’re finished reading this ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to demonstrate this kind of sacrificial love. Start by praying blessings on them! Pray that they would have the best day possible, that they would get that promotion, that they would have favor in every area of their life! It’s going to be difficult to do, I get that, but by demonstrating this sacrificial love we’re extending the same grace and mercy that God showed us. And I’m sure you can relate to this - if God can love and forgive me for the awful things I’ve done to Him, I ought to be able to do that for others. Be blessed today and be a sacrificial lover!