Learning to Love
Learning to Love
a Titus Woman
It was about 20 minutes into the Sunday school hour. She opened the double doors in the back of the room, walked in wearing farmer overalls, and immediately began clucking like a duck. Seemingly unaware of the other women in the room, she began to shed the overalls and take off her farm boots. I was not sure what to do, but clearly it was a disruption for our lesson. I smiled at her and welcomed her and then continued teaching as if nothing unusual had happened, but my heart was irritated and restless. It wasn't the first time this lady had disrupted our class.
After class, I asked a friend what to do. She said, "Wow! There's not a whole lot to do. What if you just keep on loving her?" That seemed like a Jesus choice, and I agreed in my heart, determined to keep loving.
Many times, we will meet people whose personalities clash with our own. We may not understand some of their “clucking” or their interruptions. Jesus tells us to love anyway, so we go on loving. We go on serving and we go on striving to win others to Christ. Do you know what happens as we do that? A genuine love begins to flow from the heart. Their clucking may never be turned into song, but their interruptions are less irritating, and you see a soul from Jesus’ perspective. Then when transformed for the Kingdom, Jesus gives them a new song. How beautiful it is!
Life is full of unexpected people and situations. Praying Scripture helps to put our focus on Jesus, the One who gave His life for each person. So sometimes, praying for others may mean that we need to talk with Jesus about our own hearts first.
"You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.”
I Peter 1:22
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