But today I read about Jesus telling his disciples what it means to love others.... The strong, humble, vulnerable, serving-others kind of love. The kind he freely gave, and the kind he actually commands.
Let me tell you, I suck at loving people the way He did. I especially stink at it when I'm worn out or feeling insecure inside. "A dry well can offer no water."
Perhaps the jerks are jerks because their well is all "dried up" ... Maybe it's been "dried up" their entire lives. Maybe they have no concept of what it means to be loved, accepted, honored, seen, cherished, or respected. Honestly, what a very sad state of life that would be.
I'm not excusing their behavior, but it puts things into perspective for me.
When I focus on everything I *don't* have, I'm a pretty sucky human being. But when I focus on how many riches I have, how much value I hold, and how vastly Jesus loved His friends, His enemies, the stubborn, bullheaded, broken, rejected, the sick, and ME..... Man, it fills me up. (I've still got a long way to go, but it helps!)
So my message to you & myself:
Don't let the jerks get you down. *Perhaps* these difficult, jerky people need love and prayers more than anything else.
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