“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
– Colossians 3:12
Yesterday, we talked about the power of the cross and how it sets us free to approach the throne of God in the knowledge that we are welcomed and totally accepted. Today, I want to look at why this is so important, especially in the crazy times in which we’re living. I was having a conversation with a friend on the phone awhile back, and she made a statement that pretty much sums up the current state of our world. She said, “It just seems like everyone is on edge right now.” Those words were met by a great big exclamation point in my spirit, because I couldn’t agree more with her assessment. Whether it’s politics, COVID, what we’re wearing, or what we say or don’t say on social media, people are stressed out and more reactive than ever before. In fact, it seems like everyone is at least 20 percent more angry, nervous, or paranoid than they were just eight months ago, and I believe the devil is taking full advantage of the situation. Here in Southern California, one of the places I see the clearest evidence of high tension levels is on the road. Though our freeways are always chaotic, people are driving even more angrily and aggressively than before. While acting out in frustration is a natural response when we feel out of control, as Christians, we have a much better alternative. Since we understand how perfectly we are loved by God, we can allow the power of His cross to fill our hearts with the grace to love other imperfect people.
My friend, you have what society needs in this unsettled season. Since your identity is in Jesus, and you dwell in the unconditional acceptance reflected by His sacrifice on the cross, you can love the unlovable and unlovely. While you may feel upset by the careless and irresponsible acts of others, you are empowered to be the salt and light that they are longing for. The Living Water lives within you, and when you yield your negative emotions to Him, He will bring fountains of refreshing to people through your calm spirit, warm words, and kind gestures. As the world grows cold, the warmth in your heart can make a difference, and that’s what you’re doing as you walk with your Savior each and every day!
Jesus, fill me with your Spirit in this turbulent time, and use me to show others the power of your patient love.
How can you purposefully love the unlovable?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.