Don’t Taze Me Bro!
How many times has someone disappointed you in how they behaved? How often has someone failed you? If you’ve lived more than a few years you know the answer. Disappointments and frustration are part and parcel to living. So how are we to deal with it?
From the standpoint of self-examination, we must remember that we, too, fail others. Their fault must be seen as a speck and not a plank lest we be overcome with aggravation. And from the standpoint of action the Scripture gives us a one word answer – LOVE.
Now this isn’t the Rodney-Kinged, sing-a-Coke-commercial, hug-a-lizard kind of fondue that seeks to dip its plastic banana fork into a coating of warm goo. Instead, this is the kind of love that only God can show. We, in turn, reciprocate it imperfectly as we struggle and strive to live out our calling as His elect.
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Patience and kindness come to us as gifts of grace. We were given a new heart with new affections for new purposes prepared beforehand so that we may live in such a manner that is pleasing to our Rescuer, Regenerator, and Father.
The great apostle’s inspired description of love paints for us a beautiful yet challenging sketch of what our interaction with one another should resemble. However, far too often we are thin in the patience department and our kindness turns to taze. It is so easy at times to despise the weakness and failings of others.
In doing so we, like a campus police officer at a political rally attempting to silence the opposition, taze one another. We hold contempt and bitterness where there should be long suffering and covering. What an incredible challenge that can be as we meander in fear and trembling through the obstacle course of this great salvation that He has bestowed upon us.
Shame be on us when we hit the button. Praise be to Him when he gives us new chances. Mercy. Kindness. Grace.
The next time someone ‘pushes your buttons‘ remember Him and the Cross and the glory that awaits you in precious eternity and perfected fellowship and pause. Take your finger off the taser and love.
“Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you; and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.” 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13