09
Sep
08

Community — Day 2

A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34, NIV)

I am reminded of a gemstone in a rock tumbler.  Its beauty can only be truly revealed through exposure to abrasives over time.

Likewise, in God’s kingdom there are a lot of abrasive, annoying, imperfect people who, gosh-darn it, don’t always see eye-to-eye with me, even thought I’m obviously the smartest person alive…

But God is polishing me.  He challenges me to “love the unlovable” — to see past the faulty exteriors, and to embrace and help nurse the broken hearts buried within.  Whether I think they deserve it or not.

After all, Christ died for them.  What gall I have to see them in any different light than he does.

Christ crushes the myth that love is based upon thinking nice thoughts or feeling gushy emotions.  He pushes the definition of love to a higher level — where behavior and beliefs combine into godly action.  Love is no longer a schoolyard romance or a relationship dictated by compatibility; rather, real love is, and always has been, a mother stumbling to her baby’s crib for the fifth time in one night, or a passenger giving up his place on a lifeboat to save someone else from a sinking ship.  Love is Christ on a cross, dying for us — even while we were still lost in our sins. — “Better Together”

Lord, help me to actively kill the aspects of my will that the world says I should hold as sacred.  Help me to kill my pride, my airs of superiority, my fears of humiliation or embarrassment.  My inner Pharisee.

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