Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence].Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you. – Ephesians 4:31-32
It seems like common sense really, after all we are God’s people created for love. You would think that this verse was something that we are especially good at. Often times we are, fulfilling our calling to be Jesus in the flesh.
But sadly we don’t always deliver on our intentions as well as we would like to.
One of the things I hear that wrenches at my heart the most is when good, we’ll meaning people have been hurt by individuals in the Church and sometimes the Church as a body simply because the prosecutor has seemingly forgotten the above passage.
Jesus taught us to to love first. Jesus didn’t tell us to love someone who sees things our way, agrees with us or fits a mould. No rather He simply said ‘love one another as I have loved you.’
That’s is a pretty tall bar. After all Christ crucified Himself to demonstrate His love.
Next time, before we open our mouth to condemn or criticise instead of offering words of kindness, maybe we should ask ourselves first;
‘Am I willing to die for them as Christ died for me?’
© 2017 Andrew Jewell – Wedgetailministries.com