There is a time we all come to when we realize we have been on this road called life, and we look back to see how far we have come. We see the things we have learned and we pass our wisdom on to others so they can learn and get the most out of their life. That’s what happened when someone who cared enough to listen and share their story with me.
Everyone has a story to tell and I am willing to listen and learn from what they have to say. It’s painful at times, but most of the time it’s fun. You never know what you will learn from others if we would just listen to them.
Unfortunately, learning comes from hard times and hard times come from sweat and tears. The longer I walk this road of life the more I see that these times are opportunities for faith. It’s not so much about the pain we endure but about the glory that comes from the pain. I have learned what we fight fights us. Lately, the lesson I have been learning is from being quiet; not because I want to, but because the Lord has shut my mouth. Believe me, I have opened my mouth, I had something to say, but nothing came out. I couldn’t even force it to be heard. I know what you are thinking; you wish you could do that. Well, let me tell you, it hasn’t always been this way. Oh no, I had verses on my computer at work saying, “let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is edifying that is may bring grace to the hearers.” That was a powerful lesson to learn and it took a lot of years to accomplish, but there is power in the Holy Spirit who lives in us. He wants us to recognize we are powerless and let Him be who He is inside us. All Jesus needs from us is to agree with Him and trust Him.
The road of life leads us to more opportunities for faith each and every day. I don’t think we have to concentrate on not sinning, but to look to Jesus and what He is doing every step of the way. I don’t know about you, but when I wake up in the morning, I am not thinking I will sin that day. No, the bible uses words like, stumble, fall, entice, drawn away and lured. If we do fall into sin, we don’t like it and we repent by making things right and we go on to the next thing. That is the difference between someone who is born again and someone who is still lost. It’s like the pig that likes the mud and continues to go back to the mud. The born again believer may get into the mud, but he is new creature and is no longer a pig, but he becomes a sheep. The sheep still gets muddy, but he doesn’t like it. You don’t have to beat yourself up every time you fall into sin; but get up, let Jesus clean you up and get back on the road to share your opportunity with someone else.
The other thing I have learned on this road called life is to love others. I know, it’s hard when they are being unlovable. I remember when I was unlovable and Jesus loved me anyway. See, when Jesus was on the cross, while He was taking my sin from me and putting it on Him, He said: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He is still saying that today, inside me. Can we see the people around us who disrespect us, ignore us, and are rude to us, as these same people? If they knew that they are not really treating me like this, but they are treating Jesus that way, they wouldn’t be acting like that. I know Jesus lives His life in me because the Bible says, “He who is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.” It also says, “I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”
The Lord gives us no wiggle room to be mean back to them who persecute us. He loves them through us, because they can’t see Him except through us. We turn the other cheek, we give them our cloak, we walk two miles more and we forgive as we have been forgiven. It’s not that hard for us to do this when we know Jesus did it for us. I know I am humbled by the way He gives us opportunities to love others when we can’t love them. When the Lord opens my mouth to say something in these situations, believe me, it’s going to be about love, not revenge.