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Love like He did.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Man I was so fired up yesterday about all of the [enter certain restaurant chain name here] crap that I spent most of the day literally biting my tongue. Actually, more like clinching my jaw, because that’s what I do when my blood pressure rises. WHY do I have such an addiction to social media!? I can’t stay away. I came really close to deleting facebook from my phone. I try to keep things light, but honest online. It’s so hard to that when so many people are spitting hate (and contradicting themselves as they go). I’m talking about both sides here and no I’m not on either. If you have no idea what I'm talking about just ignore this post.

I truly truly do not want my son to grow up in a world where we merely tolerate each other. I want him to grow up in a world where we LOVE each other. Love like He did.

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At almost 30 years old, I’m still learning who I want to be in this world. Do I want to be the one who stands up and speaks LOUD or do I want to be the one who shows love in quiet ways? I think I’ve come to realize that there is a time and place for both.

I unfortunately live in a place where there is still much division on many levels, even coming from people who seem to have the purest of hearts. Having an opinion is great but I just wish people would educate themselves before taking a public stance. Learn about a person before you BLINDLY follow them . Yes, it’s fine to stand up and speak out for what you believe, but as you speak make sure you are speaking out of true knowledge and if you speak of things that are controversial, be prepared, because that addition to the constitution that we love so dear works both ways. This is where my political stance begins and ends. If you have questions for me privately, I’d be glad to answer them, but I just have to say this is my space and it’s a place of love. It is a public space though so I hope others can see that love.

I guess the point is, sometimes I feel like people assume that I am part of a crowd when I say nothing, but I choose to say nothing because I’m not interested in getting into a political and religious debate when there is nothing to debate. I sound like a big hippie, but seriously people Love is all we need. That is, Love as defined by God.  The Love your wife as Christ loved the church kind of love. The Love your neighbor as yourself kind of love. The love is patient, love is kind - kind of love. The God so loved the world, he GAVE his Son kind of love. The Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you kind of love. 

Romans 14 says:
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

The end. People. The end.

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