Loving or not?
When our neighbor decides to interrupt our meal because their car needs a jump, I can choose to be loving or not.
When my child decides to spit toothpaste all over his freshly laundered shirt two minutes before we leave the house, I can choose to be loving or not.
When my husband wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, I can choose to be loving or not.
When my boss’ expectations far exceed the reality of what we’re capable of in a certain amount of time, I can choose to be loving or not.
Do you see it?
We have two choices. We can respond to our neighbors in love or we can choose not to.
Which one do you think reflects Jesus?
When Jesus was headed in one direction but a need called Him in another, He chose to show love rather than frustration.
When Jesus wanted to sneak away to rest and pray but the crowds wanted more of Him, He chose to show them love and give of Himself rather than choosing to be impatient.
When Jesus wanted a moment to grieve, but the crowds wanted Him to speak, perform miracles, and heal, Jesus chose to love rather than choosing to be irritable.
Jesus had the same two choices that we do and He chose love.
What happens when we don’t choose love?
Read 1 Corinthians 13.
When we choose to not love, we mess up our harmony to God’s amazing melody of love. When we mess up the harmony, suddenly the world around us isn’t focused on God and His amazing melody of love, they’re focused on our noisy gongs and clanging symbols.
When we act with envy, boasting, arrogance, rudeness, irritability, resentfulness, or to insist on getting our own way, or to rejoice in wrongdoing, our wonderful harmony turns into terrible screeching. We become a distraction to the very thing our neighbors need. They need God and His amazing love. They don’t need our screeching, noisy gongs, and clanging symbols.
How can we choose to love our neighbors?
- By choosing patience when we want to choose impatience.
- By choosing kindness when we would rather be rude.
- By choosing to look to the interests of others rather than insisting on having our own way.
- By rejoicing with the truth rather than rejoicing at wrongdoing.
- By bearing, believing, hoping, an enduring.
This is love. This is that beautiful harmony we’ve been talking about. When we love our neighbors with the right attitude of love, we truly act as His representatives to the world.
We have two choices. We can choose to love or not.
Which will you choose?