Hard Hearted & Unaware

Loving people is important to me. It probably should be considering as a Christian it’s Top 2 of things I’m called to do (Mark 12:31). I think it’s important to be real so, if I’m being honest, sometimes it’s a struggle to show love, especially to the people closest to me. You see, the people closest to us can also be the ones who hurt and disappoint us the most. I like transparency so I’ll admit that when someone fails me personally, it can be so hard to show unadulterated love in return. So let’s do this little exercise together: First, think of someone that has personally failed you. When I say “failed” I mean think of someone who has betrayed, crushed, abandoned or publicly humiliated you. Did you love them before they failed you? What about during the hurtful situation? Ok, what about now? Do you love them now? Dig deep for a second. Do you really love them? Maybe you have moved on from that moment to find a healthy and resounding love that covers past transgressions. If that is your scenario – YES! Thank God for that! This is what we strive for! But maybe there are even a few readers that think of a past hurt and still feel an ugly emotion in their chest. Perhaps just hearing their name causes a heat to rise from the gut of your soul. I describe it this way because I’ve been there and that’s the best I can put words to it. Lately I’ve been having a discussion with a small group from my church in regards...