I’m tired of living this way.
Tired of being afraid. Tired of being sad, angry, worried…
Because 2020 hasn’t been our year, has it?
Among other things, we continue to suffer under a global pandemic. People are afraid. Isolated. Angry. Sick and dying.
There is hatred, fear, and ignorance. Social injustice is prevalent. George Floyd was murdered by a police officer in front of witnesses who used their phones to record the crime. And the officer wasn’t arrested right away. There were protests. Riots. More people died.
And this is really just the short list of things the US has dealt with collectively since January. The sum total of our year so far means there are too many people dealing with too much pain.
And I’m tired of it. It’s time to do something.
So, I pray, and I ask God, “Father, what do I do? How do I live for you when I’m afraid? How do I live for you with so many terrible things happening?”
And I turn to my Bible.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore, be imitators of God as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Well, that sounds nice. Let’s all sit around the fire and hug (no, wait, we can’t hug – gotta maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet) and sing Kumbaya.
(Honestly, I feel bad that this song is the punchline for so many jokes…really I do, but you get me, right)?
Seriously though Christians, we have to confront this pain and suffering.
What can we do? The key is in verse 2: Walk in love.
If more people would walk in love and give ourselves up for others as Christ did, maybe we could change the way we live. If everyone is looking out for someone else, the focus is off self and onto another person.
Can you imagine?!
We can take it a step further and give ourselves up for people whether they deserve it or not! That is revolutionary! That is when God has definitely changed our hearts.
Self-sacrificial love is always a challenge but is especially hard to show for people who are unlovable or whom we decide do not deserve our love. When I love someone who is unlovable, who doesn’t deserve my affection and good will, God is at work. He is changing my heart and can use this to change the heart of the unlovable person, too.
Uh oh. I hear Kumbaya again. Do you?
Yes, I know I can be naive. I’m describing something impossible here, a utopia.
Realistically, what I propose won’t happen. It can’t, at least not completely because we’re humans. We screw up. Not everyone plays along.
But, it would have to make some difference, wouldn’t it? Even if just a small amount of people do it? A remnant?
Every little bit helps.
Practically, how do we do this? How do we walk in love?
In the verse (Eph 5:2), Paul used the Greek word “agape” for love. It is a noun that means affection, good will, benevolence, and brotherly love.
Showing good will (having a friendly disposition) might look like this:
Smiling or having a pleasant look on your face
Being kind to the cashier at the store or wait staff at the restaurant
Correcting your children or other people with gentleness
Avoiding arguments or attacking someone’s opinion on social media
Self-sacrificial love (giving yourself up for others) might look like this:
Looking for the best in the situation or the person
Letting go of our own agenda to do something for someone else
***Remember, even the tiniest light starts to drive out the darkness.
How can YOU walk in love today? Just today.
We’ll worry about tomorrow when it gets here.