Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Hardest Commandment

Oh, Paul. You've written a lot of hard words. Words that I don't like. Words that cause a lot of confusion and disagreements among the people you wished to unite-1 Timothy 2, Titus,Ephesian 5.

I know you didn't mean to. But you did.

I read this article by Sarah Bessey, and I was so relieved to find out I wasn't the only one to think these things.

We take the bible literally and black and white. But I wonder....

Jesus never spoke in literal terms. In fact he always spoke in parables. His words made the disciples head spin from confusion in trying to figure out exactly what He meant.

"I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you." John 6:53

"I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." John 3:3

Quite honestly, it still does the same for us.

The World Vision debacle a few weeks back made me sad...and mad. Sad that the corporation didn't realize what they were doing when they made such bold changes to their policies about their hiring, thus causing thousands of children to lose their funding. And sad/mad for the christians that pledged to sponsor these children and dropped them like a hot potato to state a point. 

Since when did children's lives become disposable in order to make a point?

Oh, how we must grieve Jesus. We take his words and pluck, and twist, and use for our own self gain and self-righteousness.

What makes us any different than the Pharisees?

Old Testament claimed the Good News of a savior that was going to destroy his enemies, make footstools out of them. He was going to save and redeem his people.  

Naturally the Jews were waiting and expecting another David, a warrior, a fighter, a hero.

And what they got instead was Jesus. 

Who was this man that wanted peace and love? Where was the judgement and condemnation they were hoping he'd bring?

There was something different about Him.

He was different.

He was not who they were looking for.

He was a  man that didn't fight, but instead he taught and loved and ultimately died. He did these things and they didn't understand.

They didn't understand because the thing they needed saving from was themselves.

But God.

He knew. 

He knew how hard it would be to love, how hard it's always been and will continue to be until He returns.

He knew how we, his people, would continue to fight amongst ourselves. How verses in the bible would trip us up, make us question and wonder who's really right in their versions and translations.

Love when we're angry.

Love  when we're hurt and confused.

Love so that outsiders can see we disagree but yet still LOVE each other at the same time.

It's all we have when our words, sides, and viewpoints fail us.

Love is hard and beautiful.

The Bible says a "Tree is recognized by it's fruit," that we are known to be God's by how well we love.

Today, let's choose LOVE every time we get the chance.

"For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him." Matthew 11:35,35

Linking up with #TellHisStory, Imperfect Prose, Three Word Wed, Winsome Wed, and Thought-Provoking Thursday


  1. Alecia - you sure hit it home when you wrote that loving is a choice. And it sure can be a hard one, especially when those lovin' feelings are nowhere to be found ...

    Grateful that you are writing again, my friend ...

    1. Oy, isn't it? Pride makes us want to be right, but we are ultimately called to lay down our pride and LOVE. Grateful for you..thank you.

  2. Hi Alecia,
    This hit me: "Love so that outsiders can see we disagree but yet still LOVE each other at the same time." We just talked about that very thing as we studied Romans 14 and 15 last night....we cannot love well apart from God and His Word....and we do need to read Scripture and see where Jesus is speaking in parables or metaphors and not take it literally when he is using another literary technique...and yes, how sad for those kids...they didn't do anything wrong...truly sad all around.

    1. If Christians could disagree and still love at the same time, just think how awesome it would be!! I have such respect for those that can truly do this.

  3. When all else fails, we must love. Thank you for this reminder that was so beautifully written.

  4. It is a hard choice, well, lots of small choices over and over again in our lives. Thanks for the encouragement to keep going ...

  5. Hi Alecia. This is wonderful. I'm visiting from Beth's place. Yes, love. It ain't easy sometimes. Love IS a choice and I'm with you - I choose love. Oh to be more like that rebel Jesus. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Yes. This. Our hearts beat to the drum on this. Stopping by from Em's place.

  7. I am with you! World Vision, the children, what is it all about anyway? This really came down to 'what am I doing this for?' Is it to support World Vision or the child that you sponsored. Of course it should be about that ONE! Makes me crazy thinking about it. Just to make a point on the World Vision side and the person sponsoring that child and dropping them like a hot potato. Love, a choice at times that is not easy but the reason we are here, to LOVE! Great post Alecia

  8. This is beautifully written. I wonder when we will ever get it right?

    Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
    but to do justice, and to love kindness,[a]
    and to walk humbly with your God?

  9. This is a hard thing isn't it? To disagree agreeably and lovingly while not compromising on what you believe has got to be a work of God's Spirit in us, because human flesh just can't do it. I'm here from Lyli's.

  10. It's a choice and yes, not always easy, but love always wins. Beautiful, beautiful post, Alecia. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed seeing a few pictures on Facebook. Thank you so much for sharing with TWW. It's always wonderful to see you there.


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