Big Rocks for Strong Christ-Followers
Today’s Big Rock: Doing Everything in Love – Part V
Scripture Foundation: 1 Corinthians 16:14
And do everything with love.
The greatest challenge Christ-followers have in “doing everything in love” comes when they face people who are treating them poorly. Sometimes this can be a daily occurrence!
So today I want to make sure we figure that out.
It starts by going back to the definition of God’s love; never forget it is about action not feelings. God would NEVER ask us to “feel” a certain way because He knows that we have little control over how we feel about a person or situation.
What we do have control of is what we choose to say or do in response to our feelings.
This is why the Apostle Paul wrote: “In your anger do not sin…” (Ephesians 4:26). The Apostle Paul did not write “don’t get angry” because anger is a feeling.
Rather, he was telling us that when we have that feeling of anger, do not let your words or actions do something that is sinful.
I am not a terrible person because I feel angry toward a family member or anyone else, but I do have to be very careful not to say hateful words to them.
God ask each of His children to act Christlike even when we do not feel anything close being like Christ.
For example, a person can feel very irritated at someone and still treat them tenderly and mercifully.
Also, we may need to speak to someone about the way they are treating us. But we do not have to call them names or use unwholesome language when we talk with them.
We can protest and sign petitions to say we are against some of the things that our leaders are doing. But we must be very careful not to allow hateful words or angry behaviors to be a part of our protest.
God’s love is not sentimental or soft. Jesus overthrew the tables in the temple to protest the spiritual leaders of his day allowing evil practices there.
But remember, Jesus did not show strong emotion over non-biblical matters. Instead, he quoted scriptures:
Tomorrow we look at Christlikeness and government authority.
Father, help me not sin in my anger. Amen.