Title: DEALING WITH OTHERS: STEPS TOWARDS PERFECTION – 2
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faithGalatians 6:9-10
Perfection is the pursuit of every person. We want to be perfect at what we do and at who we are with little or no flaw. Well, the Bible does show us the way to perfection, and it is in the fruit of the Spirit, but mainly, by love. Love is the way to perfection, to victory, to healing, to peace.
John 3:16 shows us that from the bowels of mercy, love flowed forth and became the source of the salvation of humanity. Love sent the Savior of our souls to a condemned people like us. Not because we deserved or were worthy of it but because it existed. That’s what love is. It does what it does not because of who it’s done for but because of who it is.
As we travel down life’s path, our good works as children of light can be tested and opposed. We can be rewarded with evil for every good we give. We can be called evil for every good we offer. We can be misrepresented, persecuted and rejected for being positively different from the norm through the brightness of our light, our goodness and godly nature.
And this can be quite tiring. We can be pushed to our limits, to the wall, so much that we make up our minds to shut down our “factory” of goodness and to just keep it all to ourselves. We can be so worn out because we feel like we are being torn apart by the prejudice we didn’t deserve. Trying to find answers to the questions, “Did I do wrong being good? Am I now bad because I choose to do what’s right? What am I gaining for being sacrificial, kind, generous?“ So many questions overwhelming us and weighing our hearts down until we begin to doubt our very own nature.
But beloved, at this moment, let Galatians 6:9-10 echo within you: Do not be weary in doing good. Do not get tired being good to others. Don’t get tired being tried. Don’t get tired in letting go of offences. If you can keep being your best self, your kind self, your loving self, your forgiving self, your merciful self, you’ll reap the dividends in due time . “I’m tired” is the mother of quitting. Don’t get tired.
Look to your Perfect Example, our Lord and Savior and Master, Jesus Christ, who suffered mockery, shame, disappointment and reproach. The Man who bore upon Himself the burden and wickedness of all men who still didn’t appreciate or acknowledge Him, but rather crucified Him. Look to your Lord and Savior who, though at His moment of crucifixion, was not pushed to avenge or desist from giving love to others, but rather, prayed mercy upon them not judgement.
Look to your Heavenly Father who though hates sin, yet He passionately and relentlessly loves the sinner. Who gives His rain and sunshine to the good and wicked, rich and power, sinner and saint, at the same time without thinking twice about it. If indeed we are children of this Divine nature, let us strive to become perfect even as He is perfect.
Yes, people as well as even fellow saints will hurt you. In fact, men of your household will connive with enemies against you to pull you down. But, you know what, strive for the way to victory, love. Return their evil with love. Return their curse with blessings. Return their hate with love. Show them the light of the higher life. They’re familiar with pain, so they give it. They are familiar with hurt, so they hurt. They’re familiar with enmity, so they give it. But extinguish their darkness by introducing your Kingdom to them, light.
We are required to show the world the possibility of true peace, true life, true forgiveness and true love in existence. A lot of people will only ever truly know love, forgiveness and kindness exists in this life IF YOU CAN SHOW THEM.
It’s in you. Declare again over yourself: I’m born of God. The wickedness of men doesn’t validate my nature. I’m good because my Father is. Therefore everywhere I go, I spread forth the aroma of goodness. I’m kind to all men. I don’t repay evil with evil. Instead, I surprise them with Kingdom light: I forgive, love and treat others with well wishes. I do not entertain evil thoughts or wicked ideas about others no matter what they’ve done. I do not accept bad information of people’s wrongs. I do not magnify people’s error. I forgive it. I deal wisely. I love like Jesus. I give like Jesus. I forgive like Jesus because He lives in me. Therefore I win and I’m preserved because my good speaks to me, in Jesus name, amen.