“Gratitude for God’s loving pursuit will always lead us to pursue others— even when they don’t want to be pursued. Thankfulness for Christ’s willingness to enter our messy world will make us willing to enter someone else’s.” (Relationships : A Mess Worth Making)
I am in a great big tornado of emotional battle between my ego and my conscience.
i am at the pull AND PULL stage between self-preservation and servanthood.
I AM CLEARLY IN CHECK.
It is that time when God speaks to you through reads like “relationships: a mess worth making” and you always find yourself getting blessed and at the same time disciplined.
I am a thirty plus year old woman with such a fascination about friendships and i do find myself a lot of times engrossed in some of my close relations that it gets difficult to detach sometimes. i have an immense sensitivity on warmth changes within my relationships. Some hurt; some breezed by and i do pray that all would just drift by. A lot of times I feel i have been one-upped – like ive been taken for a fool or something that I wish I could have said the last hurtful words.
In the silent recesses of my own damaged relational physique i asked God to teach me His way of friendship. I understood John 15:13. It was a verse me and my church friends held on to – both as affection that we will be backing each other up and a reminder as well that we have that One friend who laid down His life for us. Seems ideal.
But God’s love was not enclosed only in the boundaries of but one spiritual community.The thought brings me back to 12 chapters back : John 3:16.
His love is so humanly undoable. His capacity to tolerate our mess is simply amazing. Aside from dreaming, God has been impressing on me this : be purposeful in friendship… be purposeful in pursuing relationships.For an introvert such as I, this requires much of a comfort zone thinner.
I am not a friendless person. Matter of fact I am the type of person who can easily get along with anyone effortlessly but I do have pet peeves that i am discovering lately. And in just the opposite ideal situation I effortlessly can push people away without a word. I have an affinity measure with a capacity of only few close friends I can totally feel comfortable with. When i know and feel a close friend shift gears i feel betrayal or neglect.
I can smell autumn long before summer ends.
and for some reason, I got to go back to Christ’s 12. In his days, he hung out with people and sometimes with the “wrong crowd” but He has the twelve whom He stuck close to. Each has their own motives re aligned, some thought they never would betray him but they did. Yet He stood by them even though these things He was able to smell ten thousands of summers ago. Before the ultimate betrayal that he knew would come and should He knew His disciples do not hundred percent understood. His ways are odd and His words are devastingly dramatic
But His love is greatly unimaginable. i reviewed the scenario of before the betrayal. i wanted to know if he felt what i felt. I was enlightened slash overwhelmed with my mouth gaping open. in this scenario…
Jesus washed even the feet of Judas.
I can think of a lot of things to do to my own Judases.. or Peter…. but the thought of washing their feet is a back burner. But evidently, God’s grace … and His term of love… PURSUES, TOLERATES, ACCEPTS..
…it is patient..
and lastly it STAYS quietly and lets humanity take its course.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33