Friday Matters-June 10, 2022
Everyday Love VS Trust
Is trusting and loving someone interrelated? Well, we can love without trusting. We can and should love someone imprisoned for theft as Hebrews 13:3 points out; “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” That does not mean we have to give them access to our bank account just to prove we “love” them. We show compassion for an alcoholic by offering our help. We also show compassion by not “enabling” the alcoholic by protecting them from consequences for their bad actions. Many times, consequences are the “severe mercy” that is needed to get their attention. The caution is to make sure we have not elected ourselves their jury and judge.
It's the Holy Spirit who guides and directs us in how we should move forward in love which might be setting a boundary or not continuing in conversation with someone when they repeatedly spew out garbage to us. Trust in God who loves us no matter what…everyday.