I have been walking through this devotional that our church has been doing together called "At His Feet". I really recommend this book because it is a little more in depth that some of the others. Recently it has been going through a series called Radical Love, Radical Behavior, and Radical Generosity. Radical Love is the one that I have been tested in as of late.
One thing that I have no patience for is mean girls and mean women. I hate when I start showing signs of this disease, and for sure despise this characteristic in other women. I was told this weekend that a mean woman said something about me that could not be far from the truth. Way far from the truth! It cut deep and if she knew me or spent any time with me at all she would know better. Knowing the source, it is easy to let this comment go a bit, but Satan still got the best of me with my insecurity and my flesh wanting to scream at her.
I read this devotional last week sometime and I chewed on it for a few days and then put my thoughts back on the shelf with that subject. I think we do this and then we forget about it when a real life experience comes our way where we have to put it into action. Here are is a couple of quotes that God reminded me of today.
"Most of us are conditioned to love those who return the sentiment. But in the kingdom, love is not a sentiment; its a choice. We would hope that eventually the choice will be followed by sincere feelings and genuine compassion, but it starts with a choice. The agape love that Jesus compels us to have for others cannot be answered with an "I don't feel like it." Feeling isn't the issue. The issue is whether we will live according to our citizenship in this kingdom of God"
"Love means loving the unlovable-or it is no virtue at all"
Luke 6:32 says, "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?"
it is hard to love someone that has so little respect for others, but in the same, I am called to love her. I am not saying it is easy, but I have to someday get to the point where I love my enemies no matter how it hurts. For if He can release us from the debt we owe by making the ultimate sacrifice, how small of a task is it to just forgive?