There will be times in your life that you will try to do what you believe to be the right thing, and the only thing you will accomplish is feeling like everything you’ve done is totally and completely wrong.
I try to live my life by what I believe the Bible teaches us. This past Sunday the pastor at the church I was visiting said that the greatest thing we can do as Christians is not love, but obedience. I’m pretty sure he and I wouldn’t agree with the details, but I do try to live a life of obedience and that means loving others. When people around me do not claim to follow God, or believe in him, I try to love them even more. Many of the reasons the people I know don’t believe in God is due to a disconnect between what they’ve seen people do in “His” name versus what what they’ve been taught. I want to show people that God loves them.
This past week I had an opportunity to show love in action and I failed. No matter what I tried to do, I upset both parties involved and I found myself wishing I had never said anything. I tried to love both, and neither felt loved. Neither party could see my perspective and all I felt like I did was make a mess of things.
Jesus was a gentle person, yet he was stronger than anyone who has ever walked on this earth. He showed love and compassion that was unheard of in his day, yet he was harsher to the spiritual “leaders” of that time than anyone else. He drove the money changers out of the temple. He called the little children to him. He rebuked the wind and waves. He healed the wounded. Even those closest to him questioned his behavior and ran from him in his darkest hour.
As Christians we are not called to be milquetoast, but our strength is not always going to look like the common practices of this world. If given the choice between doing what I believe is biblically right and what is expected, I’m going to choose what I believe God commands us to do. If I make a mistake, I will seek to be honest and apologize for what I have done wrong.
I think this is the best thing we can do.
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9. I’m not a true peacemaker — there are those I know so much better suited for the task — but I try.
I can’t win for losing– but I guess it’s not my job to “win,” is it?