Intent

Last night in our small group, Scott and Krista shared with us some of their favorite verses/passages.  One of the verses that really struck me was 1 John 3:18, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”  It’s not a big verse, but his has a big meaning.  Several years ago I started to notice a change in myself that was pointed out to me by an unlikely source.  It started when I became more concerned with people who were popular and nice on the surface than with friends who were interested in the real me.  I became more mean spirited and snobby, and even after it was pointed out to me that I had changed, I was still more interested in these people.  I was mean to people who loved me, and began loving myself far more than anyone else.  This is something with which I still struggle big time.

When Krista read this verse last night and began talking about loving people intentionally, I started to think back to all of the people over the last few years that I just wrote off because they annoyed me.  I thought about how selfish and self-righteous I have become and it made me so sad.  For one thing, as many people as there are that annoy me, I know that I annoy others, too.  Should I not extend the same measure of grace that I would hope for others to extend to me?  And even more so, should I not treat “the least of these” as Christ would treat them and has treated me?  Intentionally.  He loves intentionally.

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