Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
The Greatest Act of Love
Have you ever thrown something down into a dusty space? The place that was just calm is now violently spinning and turning with disturbed particles; sometimes so bad that you have to leave the room because it is causing you to choke or even impairing your vision. It might take a long while for it to settle back down again. But hey... what do you expect? This is the nature of dust it is easily upset when something stirs it up.
This is the same thing hatred does to an argument. Pouring out hateful speech upon an already bad situation is like pouring alcohol on an open wound. There will be a violent reaction and there will be a searing pain. Harsh words produce a harsh response.
But what if you tried doing the exact opposite? What if when things turned ugly and people sinned against you, you instead responded in kindness and love? This sounds strange and it is so very far from what a natural inclination is, but how would that look?
What better place to look than at the life of a man who bore the weight of the worlds offenses yet responded in the greatest act of love ever displayed.
Ephesians 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.
So Jesus Responded to all of our offenses against him by bearing our burdens. He does not feed the flame with any hatred, but pours out his kindness on us hoping that it will lead us to a place of repentance.