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As the Lord speaks, He tends to repeat Himself. He does this for His children who just don’t get what He is trying to tell them. I love this about the Lord. He is relentless with His love, grace and mercy. He will go to great lengths to help me understand what it is that He wants me to know. He is even artistic and creative with the ways in which He communicates with me. As a teacher myself, I see that I have learned all that I know from Him and His ways of instructing.
Lately, He has been trying to get me to see this one certain thing and you would think that I would have gotten it my now, but it hasn’t quite sunk in just yet. So, He creates ways for the same lesson to be brought before me and played out over and over again. He has spelled out the message clearly in His Word, He has shared the message with me in a book that I just so happen to be currently reading, He has put the message in a friend’s mouth as I called and asked her for advice, He has stuck the message in several of my daily devotionals and my pastor has talked about it lately in his Sunday sermons.
It almost appears that the Lord is beginning to scream at me, but He doesn’t communicate that way and I know it. Instead, He just brings me around full circle to the exact same spot and does not allow me to progress and move forward until I have learned what it is that He wants me to learn. I love that about my Lord. He cares so much about me and my well being. He wants so much for me to learn these life lessons so that my heart can be in the right place and so that I can be effective for Him and His Kingdom.
I bet you are wondering what He has been trying to teach this knucklehead lately. I am happy to share it with you. I have high hopes that you will get it much sooner then it has taken me to learn it. Here it goes. I am “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). Jesus said that His followers are the light of the world. John the disciple also wrote that Christ the true light “shines in the darkness” (John 1:5). So Jesus invites us to reflect our light into the darkness around us: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
If you didn’t get what I was trying to say, I will reiterate it for you. That is a call for us to show love in the face of hatred, patience in response to trouble, and peace in moments of conflict. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Eph. 5:8). The only response to evil and darkness is love.
Never forget the way things work in God’s economy. Light is on one side and darkness is on the other. People are either for God or they are against Him. Anytime a person who has Christ in them reacts in a sinful way, they automatically tip the scale towards evil. In her book Unglued, Lysa Terkeurst describes it in terms of a balancing scale. People are on one side and the enemy is on the other. We can either keep Satan from weighing us down with our sin when he vets and uses us to do evil or we can allow him to win by the way we react and behave.
So there is the lesson that Christ has been wanting me to learn. Love should be my only response to those who offend me. To respond in any other way is to chalk one up on the side of evil. For way too long, I have been responding to offenses in the same way. It’s time for a change, a restructuring of the way I think, act, respond and behave to offenses. I have had to say I’m sorry a lot lately. An apology goes a long way. Learning this lesson daily.
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