loving people

its September. my favorite season is just a few weeks away. the air is getting just a little bit cooler. stores are filled with leaves and pumpkins and orange. I’m back with all my favorite people. new year. new opportunities. clean slate. fall is just really good. and day by day the Lord is revealing a little bit more of His goodness to me.

i had one of my best friends call me out big time last year. she knows me inside and out so she definitely has the privilege of doing so. “it’s a pride thing,” she said. i immediately wanted to hang up the phone. that hurt a whole lot — more than anything, it hurt my pride to hear my best friend say i struggle with pride.

—-being right feels really good, but often times being right trumps loving people well. it’s impossible to love those around you if all you care about is having the right answer. just because someone is handling something differently doesn’t mean they’re wrong. it means they are not you. it means they are created differently than you. it means they are unique. people have different convictions than you and that’s okay. people handle life differently and that’s really okay. loving those around you has absolutely nothing to do with whether you agree with them. as a matter of fact, most of the time you probably won’t agree — love them anyway.

“humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” — James 4:10

when did Jesus ever command we have to agree to love well? never. So whether they are voting for Hilary instead of Trump, or if they are Jewish, or Catholic or Atheist, or simply they are choosing to live life a little differently than you — love them.

Lord, take my prideful, selfish heart and fill it with grace and mercy. Allow me to see others the way you see them. They are your children and you love them a whole lot more than I could ever imagine. Break me of my pride. Whatever it takes Jesus — more delight.

* * *  Convenient love is not found anywhere in the footnotes – John Piper




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