Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest, and proper and noble, aiming to be above reproach in the sight of everyone. – Romans 12:17
Unfortunately, this is the opposite of what we see in this self centered world. We live in a world where real love and forgiveness does not exist. It’s all about me and I.
Real love is self-LESS.
Let me give a practical example of this Scripture in action:
You are having one of those days with your husband…you know…the kind of day where one wrong word and there could be a fight. We have ALL had them I am sure…
Well, let’s say that you’re the one that triggers the bomb, and your husband explodes. He says something without thinking, and hurts your feelings.
You have two options…you could bite back (NOT recommended!)…or you could really create a shock wave and apologize for whatever triggered the response. EVEN if it really wasn’t “apology worthy.” EEEK! LOL!
The point is to show character and replace the wrong
(no matter who did the wrong) with LOVE.
This is NO EASY task.
Honestly, there are days my flesh would love to get in a ring with my husband for just five minutes. However, I know that the only thing that will produce is more rotten fruit and more fighting.
On the flip side, when I extend UNDESERVED grace, love, and mercy towards him, it almost always cools the fire. Doesn’t God show us this same UNDESERVED grace, love, and mercy EVERY day?
When we let our flesh die, and submit to God’s ways, it WILL ALWAYS turn out better. Even when we do not see an immediate manifestation of our obedience…it IS working!!
So, the next time your husband, friend, or beloved child sends you to the breaking point…Do what will put a smile on your Daddy’s Face…LOVE ‘EM!
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