One Piece of Advice

 

One piece of advice I’d like to give to all of us Christians: choose love and kindness every time. Let love and kindness be our first instinct and let it flavor our tone and approach. Let’s not focus on being right, heard, or about converting others to our beliefs. Allow God’s Spirit to convict and transform. Through our love, people will see God.

When you are at the grocery store and the cashier is taking their sweet time or has a poor attitude, choose love and kindness every time. This doesn’t mean we have to be a pushover or a doormat, but it means that we try to see things from other’s perspective. We give people the benefit of the doubt.

When a gay couple speaks of their relationship, choose love and kindness every time. This doesn’t mean we believe homosexuality is right or wrong, but it shows that we deeply care about people and their journey. It also shows that we trust that it isn’t about us converting people to Christianity but about God’ Spirit to convict.

When a young woman is talking about her plan to abort, choose love and kindness every time. This doesn’t mean we believe abortion is right or wrong, but it shows that we are filled with love and not condemnation, self-righteousness, and criticism.

When a Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Buddhist, Atheist, or materialist shares their beliefs with us, choose love and kindness every time. This doesn’t mean that we believe that the person’s path is the right way, but it means that we know how to listen and ask Spirit-led questions without trying to prove a point.

When a non-believer posts an ignorant Facebook post, choose love and kindness every time. This doesn’t mean you have to ignore the person’s ideas, but be willing to meet with them in person and have a conversation about the topic.

When a believer posts an ignorant Facebook post, choose love and kindness every time. This doesn’t mean you have to ignore the person’s ideas, but be willing to meet them and have a conversation about the topic.

I’m not saying that speaking up or sharing about Jesus should be avoided, but I am saying that I think we Christians often get it wrong by responding the way the world responds…if they throw a fist, we naturally want to throw a fist back and become defensive. We have to remember that our fight is not against flesh and blood. We have to remember that our purpose in life isn’t to convert people by our own will. We have to remember that without love nothing else matters. We have to remember that we are going to be persecuted, and we are going to be unpopular. Doesn’t scripture already tell us this? Focus on being what we are called to be: living sanctified, while also being loving, kind, compassionate, and building friendships with those who do not know or accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Live free of hate. Live full of love.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s