Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Love, Day 1

It’s amazing how a little bit of focus can change your perspective.

I woke up this morning thinking about beginning this nine week challenge and what it means to love, and within three hours of starting my day (which started at 0530) I had noticed more about the people around me than I usually notice in a week.

From the prostitutes standing on the corner eight blocks from my house to the wounded warriors racing in a marathon with a hand cycle, I started to see people through different eyes this morning.

I evaluate people based on how they relate to me. The Starbucks barista rings me up quickly, so I like her. The driver in front of me is slow, so he is probably a person of low moral character. That guy over there has no impact on my life, so I don’t give him a second thought.

But today I tried to take a different perspective..  I found myself feeling the pain of working the corner all night to make a few dollars; feeling the horror of losing comrades, loved ones, and limbs in combat; wondering if guy cleaning the plaza feels like he's stuck in a dead-end job.

On the cross Jesus identified with us, took on our sin, suffering, and pain.  Romans 5:10 tells us that while we were still God’s enemies, Christ died for us.

If God viewed us with compassion and love in the midst of our outright rebellion against Him, perhaps that is how I need to view others in the midst of my “busy schedule” and minor annoyances.

Perhaps that is where love begins.

 

Posted at 3:19 PM on October 26th, 2014
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