Are you ready for a challenge?? Pull up a seat and listen to what Stelly has to say this week…
OK, so, I’m about to tell you a little secret that is going to blow your mind; it might just change your life. Are you ready? I can disagree with you and love you at the same time. WHOA! Now, take a minute to think about that. No, really, take a whopping 60 seconds out of your day and think about what I just told you.
Do we live in a world that teaches us we cannot disagree with someone and love them simultaneously? I think we do, unfortunately. We all know there are MANY controversial topics floating around out there. I mean, the old saying says something about how we shouldn’t talk about politics and religion… but maybe we should. OK, that’s for another day. Anyway. I’m going to repeat myself again. I can disagree with you and love you at the exact same time. In fact, in order for me to respectfully disagree with you I have to love you. Does that make sense? Let me define a few words for you:
to refrain from intruding upon: to respect privacy
to fail to agree; differ
to differ in opinion
OK, below I’m going to give you the Bible’s definition of love, because let’s face it, that’s the real definition of love. And please bear with me. I know you’ve all heard this scripture read countless times at weddings, but let’s really, LIKE REALLY, think about what is says.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is like a black hole in a good way:) I’m just sayin’.
Is there someone you currently disagree with and have treated unkindly because of that disagreement? Change that! Change that today. Make a choice to love that person, and let God open up a whole new world for you. Or maybe you’re the one who was treated unkindly because of a disagreement. Let God show you how to love the person who hurt you… let God show you how to respectfully disagree.
Please think about what I’m telling you. This topic has been on my heart for some time now. I see people on Facebook say unkind things to one another often, simply because they disagree with one another, and there’s no reason for it.
Lord, help us to stop and think about what we’re going to say before we say it, help us to keep our mouths shut before we speak unkind words to one another. Help us to really understand what it means to respectfully disagree with one another. Above all, open our hearts to want to know and learn what your definition of love is. Amen.