Thursday, June 16, 2011
40 Days of PEACE: Day 7
"Love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27b
'God knows that sacrifice is required for you to love your neighbor as yourself. It means you must love without expecting anything in return. It means you must love others knowing they may not want your love or appreciate your love; they may waste your love; they may discount your love; they may react angrily to your love; they may never understand your sacrifice.' page35
One big growth point for me was finally learning that I could not control the reactions of other, just the actions of myself. Speaking the truth in love, giving to others, and doing the right thing are not always easy. They can cause friends to become enemies or friends to become dear friends. You have to give the situation to God and know going in that you and God are together in it. Then... no matter what the outcome or reaction, you can stand rightly before God even if the other person doesn't "get it".