Help me love your people Lord…. Out Loud!!!!
“Let me be a little kinder. Let me be a little blinder, to the faults of those around me. Let me praise a little more. Let me be when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery. Think a little more of others, and a little less of me. Let me be a little braver, when temptation bids me waver. Let me strive a little harder, to be all that I should be. Let me be a little meeker, with the brother that is weaker. Let me thin more of my neighbor, and a little less of me. Let me be when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery. Let me serve a little better, those that I am striving for.” ~Glenn Campbell
This has been a hard week for me. One of the hardest as far as lessons go. I have learned a lot during my years of living for the Lord, but this week has been one that has been pretty painful. When you admire someone, it isn’t easy when you realize that this person wasn’t as admirable as you thought. Especially when you watched them hurt someone who are not yet living their lives for the Lord, but you can see the desire in their heart to come to know Jesus more. My stomach was in knots, my heart was broken. I silently cried all day long for this person, and the loss of what I once considered a valuable friendship. I still love this person, and pray that their eyes be opened to what they are doing, and how they are not leading by example. I will continue to pray for this person, but what we have to realize is that the lost need compassion.
Now I want to truly emphasize that as we have compassion for the sinner, we still have to let them know that their sin is wrong, but there is a way to love the sinner while hating the sin. There is a fine line, one that I don’t think believers have grasped hold of. They go to far on the forceful side, or the compassionate side. This is where we have to pray harder for the Holy Spirit to give us the right words to say, and wisdom to know how to love the sinner apart from the sin, while still letting it be known we can not condone the sin.
Now that being said, as my heart is aching this morning from what transpired before me this week. The Lord has put something in my heart, and I feel the sting of tears as I write this. The woman who pressed through the crowd had her own issue that she had to press through obstacles to find her healing for. Everyone has their own “Press Through.” Mine may not be like yours, and yours may not be like mine. I want to love each person in my life that has their own “Issue”, while helping them find their way to Jesus. If I have ever hurt someone along the way, I’m so sorry! I would never intentionally hurt anyone. The idea of that breaks my heart. I want to help the hurting and broken, because I’ve been there, I know how painful the path is to press my way to the healing feet of Jesus.
I have learned a lot this week, and let me tell you I can’t hold back the tears as I write this today. My heart is broken from watching it all happen right before my eyes. Watching someone I greatly admired hurt someone, while realizing that they live their life as a Pharisee, and that hurts me. We have to love people out loud, not just say we do. As my son told me the other night, “Our actions speak so much louder than our words.”
Help me Lord to live out loud for you, and not just be a person who says I love people, but I want to truly love people. I don’t ever want to hurt one of your lost sheep. That would be more than my heart could take.
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