“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:1-2
I don’t know about you but it can be difficult to not celebrate when someone that has hurt you or made your life difficult falls and stumbles in life. It can be so much easier to be pleased to see them struggle or get hurt than it is to care about them. We can think…’what goes around comes around’…and think that because of what they did to you or someone you love it’s ok to feel that way.
I went out to dinner last week with a new friend. During the dinner current and past issues were discussed a bit…well mostly by me. The other woman is going through something I went through many years ago and although she didn’t really say anything I ended up feeling a strong link to her. I discussed how I used to feel about someone that had hurt me in the past and how, at the time, I wished them harm. I think she knew that kind of feeling.
Unfortunately going to church regularly doesn’t necessarily change that feeling. It has for the person that I used to feel that about…but then other people came into my life. We can feel like this about people that are in our families, at work, neighbors and even people at church. That’s why I love the saying that Church is an ER for sinners. We ALL fall short of the glory of God.
I thankfully no longer feel this way about people, well, most of the time I’m good. I realized today on the way home from work that my reaction to people that used to really bug me has really changed. And that is NOT by my own doing. It is all God my friends. It is only through His GRACE that allows us to change so much. My son teases me sometimes saying I’m too nice now to be mean to anyone. Boy, I wish that was completely true.
I am no longer the person I used to be. I still struggle with people sometimes. I struggle with insecurity. I struggle with worry about my husband and my kids-I don’t care how old they are-they’re my kids. I struggle with addiction (food)…I struggle.
But each day I change. Because I have a ‘But God’ who loves me through it all. A God Who is showing me and has demonstrated to me how to show mercy and grace to those that I may feel don’t deserve it.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Draw near to Him. He’s waiting for YOU specifically.
In Jesus’ precious name.