There is far too much anger floating around. I saw a Facebook page that shows a “Karen,” yelling racist words at two girls who were from Asia. The words were of course hurtful. The two girls took it, and kept walking.
I have no idea where they came up with the term “Karens,” I have friends who have that name. However, it is now a label, and you see far too much of them hurting people.
Makes me think of the Bible. In Luke: 25-37 we are told that Samaritans were hated by the Jews. People ignored them and were forbidden to associate with them.
Jesus told a parable about this.
A man was walking on a road back to his home. A thief attacked him and took all of his belongings. He left the person for dead on the road.
He laid there bleeding and dying. Along came a priest. When he saw the man he went to the other side of the road to pass him. Likewise a Levite also went to the other side of the road to avoid him. But a Samaritan came to where he was and had deep compassion. He fixed up his wounds and put him on his own animal. He took him to an Inn, and asked them to care for him. He said he would pay for anything they used to help him.
Jesus told his disciples to do like the Samaritan.
Which one are you of the three men do you fit into? Are you the Priest, Levite, or the Samaritan?
It is so easy to get angry. It happens to all of us. We probably wouldn’t attack someone and take all their belongings, but we do get overly angry at times.
I try to think about someone who may have made me angry. I have learned that love extends further than pride. We need to swallow our pride, and forgive people.
Who has the lord placed in your path to make you angry. Make a list right now. I have done that. It is sitting right next to me.
Thank of each one of them. What did they do to make you angry? Is it worth it to just go on like it didn’t happen?
I think not.
Love is not just love. It is love in action.
Using words like you are expendable, or you are worthless, should be in our vocabulary.
The sad part is that we seem to define ourselves by who we disagree with.
It is OK to disagree, but not to hate.
You are never alone.
You are never unloved.
You are never forsaken.
And above all…never, ever, give up!