Today is my brother-in-law’s birthday. I don’t think you can have two such different men from one bloodline. Perhaps, it is due to the different paths they undertook in life. One brother married early and went to work in the same company where most of the family was employed. The other was drafted and went off to Vietnam only to come home and go to college and then marry me at age twenty-five. I think most of my friends who have met both will agree that their outlook on life and their temprement are completely different. One is decidedly political and outspoken in his manner. The other is focused on more on stating his position rather than arguing. One would drag someone to the way he thinks of God. The other employs the method of letting God do the work (which is not to say that he doesn’t state his reasoning about his take on religion; he just prefers not to argue on it.)
While both follow Christ, they practice thir journey in a far different manner. They come at things from different perspectives. In the end, however, they love each other. My husband is not blind to his faults nor the faults of his brother; he simply attempts to love around them.
Today I found myself in 2 John 1:4-6–I rejoiced greately that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This the commandment, That, as ye have heard from teh beginning, ye should walk in it.
Jesus emphasized this instruction immediately after His demand that we love God first in our lives we should love one another.
Face it, folks, loving isn’t easy. It is downright difficult. We find it hard to love OURSELVES let alone loving someone else. Even those of us that have been married for some time, or have been blessed with children, or have loving parents, find days where we would easily consign our ‘loved ones’ straight out the door.
Love is not for the faint-hearted. Love means seeing each other’s faults and overcoming the desire to dwell on them. Love is an attempt to walk in each other’s shoes enough to try to understand what makes someone tick.
Take time today to pray for someone you find it difficult to love. It may not change THEM, but maybe it will make you a bit more understanding.