Forget the Steeples
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. Psalm 63:3
Whenever I hear someone say, “I want nothing to do with Christians,” I can’t blame them even though I am one. If you are struggling with this very thing, or know someone who is, read on.
Oftentimes, the biggest struggle I have with my faith is what I experience when sharing it with others. “Why” you ask. I encourage you to look at some of the things that ‘Christians’ say about other people ~ online and in the news. If we are followers of Him who is Love, then why do we have the reputation for being the most unloving? We’ve become an unkind culture that breeds itself in the church like bacteria on an old sponge. We no longer handle disagreements graciously by saying, “Well, I disagree with you and this is why.” Instead, the norm is for conversations to disintegrate into insults.
I’m not talking about times when we are called to stand up for truth. That requires guts and holy boldness for sure. But this is a topic for another day.
So, maybe you have been on the receiving end of a personal attack. I know I have. Does that mean that we should leave Christianity altogether? No. Absolutely not. The fact that we can choose to love in the face of hate is testament to the power of Jesus Christ. The world needs to see and experience believers who defy the stereotypes by being authentic, courageous, truthful, and kind.
Heavenly Father, I’ve been holding on to unforgiveness towards other believers. I choose to let go of it ~ realizing that I have done so much worse to You. Let me be a beacon that radiates Your love. In Jesus Precious Name, Amen
Find references to love in both the Old and New Testament.
How does love factor into forgiving?
- How can we, as believers, reverse the bad stereotypes against us?