I was speaking with a friend recently about a specific governmental department that I obviously did not have a good word for. Later in a text message, I apologized for my negative expressions. And here’s the reason for my apology: Holy Spirit.
While I was driving to my next appointment, I found myself being asked,“Do you want to be known for what you hate or for how you loved?” Then, in my mind I could hear a future conversation, “Yeah, Steve has no lost love for ________.” Not wanting that statement on anyone’s lips I asked for God’s forgiveness as well.
Social media is full of rants and raves. People who would have never had a platform or a voice to express their strong views toward a political candidate, a boss or a former spouse or girlfriend can now take to the Internet and tear others apart for their beliefs. We can quickly pick out what someone hates or strongly disagrees with, but are left wondering what is good in their world. Are you more known for what you disagree with or for how you love, reach out and serve others regardless of how they believe or vote?
Someone has said that we often have only one opportunity to speak something life-giving, something godly or encouraging and we use that one opportunity to tear apart those who do not believe as we do. Let’s work at changing that and become more like Jesus, who “…Was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent so he did not open his mouth.”
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong…
If I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor…but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind…it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered…
Love never fails.
As we enter 2019, could God be challenging you as He has me? Will those you interact with, will those who read your social media posts, will those you work with and will your family hear about what and how you love or more about what you hate? We may have only one opportunity to say something kind, life-giving or loving. Let’s not miss that opportunity.