Don’t talk to me today about fair, and just and righteous and “agreed upon”….cause that just ain’t happening. Not today.
Today life brought unfair, unjust, unrighteous and “broken pact”…yep, brought it right up to my doorstep. And pushed through my front door. Didn’t even bother to knock.
I could feel it…i could taste it…i could smell it….UNFAIR, UNFAIR, UNFAIR!
“You want me to do what??? And why??? When your doing this and that!!! and NOT doing these and those!”
ummmmm…NO! Absolutely, Positively, NO!
I ushered Mr. UNFAIR to the door and kicked him out. See Ya.
I turned to head back into the kitchen when i heard that still small voice rise up from inside of me….and it was part of a scripture….and i stopped….”Really LORD? Really….”
Making my way quickly to my computer to pull up the whole verse, i passed a kid in his room and spurted, ” I’m pretty sure I’m not gonna like this!”
Google, Google, Googled this……..Luke 6:28
27“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
32“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
35“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
As i read these verse I began to tilt my head slowly to the right….my shoulders arched up towards my chin…my lips pursed tightly…every muscle tensed…and I think I may have thrown up in my mouth.
I couldn’t deny the truth of the words of Scripture staring me down from the glow of the computer.
I also couldn’t deny my flesh’s response to those truths.
I guess that’s what happens to the human heart when a sword pierces it.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
My obedience was quick. Cause I know me. Give me a little time. Just a couple of minutes and i can cook up a rebuttal to those verse…and justify why I am an exception, in this case!
My obedience may have been quick, but it wasn’t pretty. Getting there was ugly. One day i look forward to quick AND pretty obedience. I’m certain GOD can work that out in me. But today I’ll settle for quick obedience. And i won’t think twice and I won’t look back.
Cause today when life burst through my door…by the grace of GOD, according to HIS WORD, through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT…..I did the fair thing, the just thing, the righteous thing, the “agreed upon” thing…just like I should. Cause i belong to JESUS.