Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
I recently was talking about the loving kindness of God at our addictions ministry, Freedom That Lasts. I was teaching how we should value the loving kindness shown to us by God and use it as an example to show that same loving kindness to others. I went on to discuss that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to love those whom I struggle loving. It is easy to show loving kindness to those who are easy to love, but this goal is put to the test with those who rub you the wrong way.
I gave an example of how each one of us could close our eyes and the person whom we find difficult to love seems to pop right into our mind. It could be one person, or, as it is in my case, it could be several people. I closed my eyes in that instance, and those people infamously popped right into my mind as if they were posing for a group photo. I will sometimes get calls and texts from these people, and they often get the “red button go to voicemail treatment” or I take my time to respond to their text. I figured if I take my time in responding back, that they will eventually get the hint and not text me so often. I need to do some more figuring, however, as this approach has not yet been successful.
Less than 12 hours after I gave this message on a Friday night, a call came into my phone from someone in that infamous group. My first instinct was to press that red button, but I instead let the phone ring and eventually go to voicemail, and this person requested I call them as it was too long to text. I was spending time with my wife and did not want to call this person, but my message from the night before started to preach to me. I could not turn away as I was the one who gave the lesson and the lesson came from God’s Word. I called this person back and asked God to help me love this person in a way that would be pleasing to Him.
Do you have someone in your life whom you struggle loving? Do you realize you are possibly on someone else’s infamous list of people whom they struggle loving? I am sure I have made many lists. I think of how it brings me sadness when I see my kids fighting and not getting along. I hate to see them being unkind to each other and it displeases me when they allow their indifferences to continue and bring division in our home.
I know our Heavenly Father is displeased when He sees His children at odds with each other and not loving one another due to petty differences. The children of God should be a example of God to the world, and not just like them. Who is in your infamous group that you need help in loving? Who is that person you have trouble being in unity with? We will not be separated in heaven, so we need to learn to live in unity while we walk this earth. May God help us to be unified and act like the brothers and sisters we are in Christ.
Stay in the fight!