Warning: this is a tad deep and more controversial then normal - call it 10:36 PM after watching the news....
If you watch the media long enough you might find something you disagree with...yes I disagree with several hot button topics in society today. Why? Because I believe the bible is literal in its truths. With that being said do I think funerals are a place to picket or slandering each other across media is acceptable NO MATTER WHAT POLITICAL PARTY you are associated with - ABSOLUTELY NOT. I am an imperfect sinner - we all are. I am sure (actually positive) that I have acted in a way that was not for the glory of Christ so this post does not exempt me ;).
So who do I look to for acceptable, loving, gentle behavior - Jesus.
Did he stomp/scream/embarrass/slander the prostitute as she washed His feet or did He graciously forgive her as she repented of her sin at his feet? Did he zap Saul when he persecuted Christians or did He allow his heart to be transformed and even later used him in mighty ways like write books for the bible? Did he slander people for their sins or did he accept them and gently rebuke them? God LOVES people and he never attacked him the way we do to each other today...I can imagine it breaks His heart.
Are we gentle in our society?
I dare to say - no
AM I ALWAYS GENTLE?
A clear resounding NO!
Since when has the world agreed on everything? NEVER
Since when are you only right if you agree with the majority?
Don't we live in a society where we are all entitled to an opinion even if you don't agree with it?
Why must I be ignorant, stupid and far worse words I would never want my children to hear, just because our opinions differ. I am none of those words and I know you are neither. Just because we may disagree....doesn't mean we are less in God's eyes.
I stay away from politics on here and facebook, why? It never translates well nor ends well. Why? You don't see my heart, you only see the issue....
But I desire to be gentle like Jesus....Love others like He did....because God LOVES 1st. I can't say I always choose love first. I fall short often but my intentions are true and my desire is great and God knows my heart.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
What would people say about me? Do I love like Jesus, am I gentle like him, hold my convictions but choose love? Or do I let differences divide?