When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
So did you hear about the pastor who said this about grace? How bout that minister who just does marriages for first timers? Maybe you heard about the priest who has been visiting people in bars? Did you hear about that church couple who have been fighting? Can you believe that so and so are searching for a divorce lawyer? Did you know that Mr. and Mrs. Busybodies are no longer attending that church? Did you hear about that teen in youth group is pregnant and it’s by another teen student that goes to another church?
Why does anything I mentioned in the first paragraph matter to us? If I am correct the Bible clearly states that we are to love one another. Why is that so tough? Probably because we are human. Maybe because when we go through things and are set free we expect everyone else to have the same views. Maybe we have this belief system that because we were set free from certain things that others should be able to also with no issues. What we fail to recognize is that we all have come from different walks of life and some things which were easy for us to break away from may not be so easy for others.
Now clearly, there are some folks I would just like to drag right to Jesus’ feet and make them sit, but we all know that is not a reality in any situation. We all have to find God in our own way. We have to be the ones willing to be changed from the inside out. With our free wills, we have to begin to allow God to cut us like that rough diamond and create in us a clean, precise image…one just like Jesus.
So what do we do when someone is speaking about another person? Choose not to get involved. Offer prayer as an option instead of standing in judgement. Begin to show how God’s Word instructs us to love…no where does it say to speak ill of anyone. I know it is really hard to separate ourselves from the world, yet if we are going to show the love of Christ to anyone then this is something we need to be able to do, love. We at times seem to be incapable of loving others and this stems from being unloved in certain situations in our own lives.
We have to go against everything within us sometimes and push to love. Push aside pain. Push aside distrust. Push aside offenses. I like the analogy I have heard about PUSH. Pray Until Something Happens. This is what we need to do in situations where we just don’t want to love. This is what we need to do when rumors need stopping. We just need to say, “Because God Says….”