“Jesus said, “I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” (Luke 6:27-28)
If we listen closely we will understand that Jesus is not speaking to everybody. He is only talking to those of us who will “listen.” And to listen in this context means to follow the inherent instruction. The instruction is to love everybody which includes those you have issues with.
All of us know full well we can have issues with our family members as well as people we work with. Jesus makes it easy for our relationships to not be about us losing. We must have in the mind of our heart the words, “Let Love Lead” or (LLL). Love, Paul says, does not insist on its own way. (1 Cor. 13) In this way we don’t have to struggle with what response (or God forbid, retaliation) to do. We just LLL.
Emotions are going to happen. We are human. But we get to use the words that describe what we feel. So let’s see; how about words like frustration and disappointment? When anger tries to kick in, deny it, do not make room in your heart for it. Say no to anger but instead go into your vocabulary closet and pick out something more suitable, more Jesus-like to wear. Outfits like the dark suits of frustration or disappointment will work nicely for such occasions. Donate anger to Good Will. (pun intended)
Frustration and disappointment heal quickly and never leave the realm of love. And please know that God has already gifted us with the capacity to love everybody. If you can be frustrated or disappointed with certain people like family and friends, you can be frustrated or disappointed with all people. If you can love certain people like family and friends, you can love all people. Love is an inexhaustible resource not a scarcity.
Are you listening? Remember, Jesus is only talking to those of us who are listening. And his message is LLL. Thank You Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.