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1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
It is a strange and terrible thing to be overwhelmed with dark emotion especially toward one whose “right” to our love is so in need of that very love. Consider the plight of a parent of an adolescent wayward child. The desire to fix whatever the problem seems to be only gets in the way of the very kind of love that is needed in the circumstance.
Sometimes we are beset with worry over external relationships wondering “How will this look to others?” Sometimes we recall stopgap measures that were taken in our own lives. I can recall several trips to the metaphorical woodshed as a child. Which, while significant were not really Interruptions in my growth. I felt that there was no need for change as long as I was able to endure punishment. So, what do we do? Is there a method that will change the course of someone’s life to speak to them? No. They have to choose, and in choosing they may offend everything that we understand and believe. And we must yet continue to hold out love for those people. This is the essence of forbearance, of true love, of reaching out and taking hold of that which is offensive to our persons it is the crux of self-denial. The very cross that we must pick up and carry day by day. just as Jesus reached out and touched the lepers, made himself anathema.to all the people around him. So too. We will become anathema to the world that does not yet understand the love of God.