Thursday, March 04, 2010

Hot Coals and Grace

Being graceful when all you want to do is smack someone is really hard. When all you want to do is shout at them, being graceful is SO hard. Smiling. Laughing. Being normal. Acting as if they haven't gotten to you. Trying to understand where they're coming from and why they act the way they do. Loving them like Jesus would.

Knowing its what you should be doing doesn't make it any easier though. Knowing its what you should do as a Christian. Knowing how lucky you are and realising what they don't have. Counting your blessings and sharing what you have with them. Loving them like Jesus would.

Forgiving them. Starting each day fresh. Not holding grudges. Praying for them. Realising how liberating that is. And wondering why you've never done it before.

Love, etc.

1 comment:

themintedpea said...

I think it's one of those things that we have to do out of choice, and most certainly not because it makes us feel any better, or even because we can actually see it making anything better! That's the hardest thing. But I know that God richly rewards you in so many ways for trying. Praying for people in situations like that seems to be the hardest thing! But there's this wierd thing that seems to happen, and somehow it seems impossible to hate someone and pray for them at the same time!
You should read Proverbs 25: 21-22 for an interesting take on coals and grace- why not have both!