Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Grandparenting with Grace: Christ's Love for the Unloveable

Friday, August 26, 2011
I believe we are all unlovable to others at times.  I realize I am called to love the unlovable. So how far do I take this "love" God has called me to? This morning during my prayer time I was reading in I Timothy 6: 3-16 (NKJ).
"If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent  to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which  accords with godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicionss, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, who  suppose  godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself. Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil: for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you  in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate; That you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until  our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed  and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who alone  has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen, or can see: to whom be honor and  everlasting power . Amen."

I am called to love the unlovable as Christ does, yet I am also told to withdraw from  ungodliness. This is a difficult line to draw; to love the ungodly, yet withdraw from ungodliness. I believe at times we can only pray quietly, handing all over to God, releasing our hold on our children, relinquishing any control of the situation; letting God have full power to work and be glorified in the situation. In writing it sounds good, in reality it is by far one of the most difficult things we can do, release our children to face the anger of a holy God. In truth it is the only choice that makes sense. After all, God is in control, although He gives us free choice. God loves our children far more than we do and knows what they need at a higher level than we will ever know. All we need to do is trust and believe, such a hard lesson to comprehend, until we can do nothing less.

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