One of the hardest parts of doing this blog and writing my books has been the thought that someday my introverted self will probably have to deal with an unpleasant person who disagrees with me. I don’t like people assuming things about me without taking the effort to know me. I was thinking about this one morning and wondering what I would say in response, and God asked me “Well, what would I say?”
That pulled me up short. What would God say?
I love you.
“I’m going to steal and lie.” I love you.
“I’m going to love a man instead of a woman.” I love you.
“I’m going to kill your son.” I love you.
“I think you’re a figment of ignorant imagination.” I love you.
If someone were to say to me, because of my writing, “I think you’re a stupid idiot.” I’m hoping I’ll say “I love you.” And that I’ll be so full of Jesus, that they’ll know what I said was true.
The Bible says in Proverbs 15 that a soft answer turns away wrath. What answer could be softer than “I love you”?
As I grow closer to Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has greater freedom to change me and grow His fruit in me -the fruits of love, peace, gentleness, meekness, long-suffering- I will be less disturbed by the opinions of others, less prideful in my personal rights for respect and consideration.
I hesitated to write this post, because I know my shortcomings. I am NOT meek like Moses was when the Israelites attacked his leadership. I have a fiery, stubborn, assertive disposition. But I know that this post will be good accountability for me. I’m hoping that God will bring it back to my mind if I ever encounter such a situation. Simply writing it out has helped make a more concrete impression on my heart and spirit.
In the face of ignorance or evil, choose love.
For more posts about Love, my word for 2017, check out my Love Series page.