My tongue often reflects my heart. The Bible tells me that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). My heart often is self-serving, and my tongue reflects that! I often write it off, even to myself, with disguises and masks. Recently, I’ve thought much about difficult conversations that are loving, and why they seem soo difficult to have. We seem to find it way easier with conflicting views to sit far off and throw lashes with our tongues to others who think like us on the topic, or whine and complain to our friends — rather than speaking face to face to HEAR their thoughts and SHARE our thoughts with true love to the one with whom we don’t see eye to eye. Promoting unity involves honest, real conversations and authentically listening. Putting my heart out there. Caring more about true love for all than just “love” of my self. Selfish-love that worries how I look to others, or critical that the other won’t care about my side of things (and certainly me not caring about their point of view), or worried about how I’ll be perceived…. which actually can’t be love…. cos all that’s fear based. There’s no fear in perfect love.
Whispering behind backs, blanket statements thrown out there targeted to make someone “hear” me without actually reaching out to them personally, indirect communication and using God to justify “me” and “my” agenda is manipulative… again there’s my fear clinging to a silly control that is really just an illusion, right?
We can’t control others. And even if we could, would that be love? I can’t make you hear me, and you can’t make me hear you. But, true love is the bridge that is only capable of connecting us. Unifying our hearts.
True love gives a patient ear. A kind response. Even if we disagree… love can be kind.
True love doesn’t brag, protect its ego, or become jealous. It doesn’t have to win the argument.. it wants to win the trust of the other person.
True love doesn’t dishonor others. (Ouch!) It never shames or disgraces another.
True love isn’t angered, and it doesn’t make a list of all the wrongs to shake in the face of the other.
True loves gets excited to share truth! It doesn’t let things go by that are “not” ok… True love reaches out to restore that which needs a new perspective and breathe new light and hope. True love confronts when needed, with a beautiful aim to build up.
True love protects, hopes, keeps going, and trusts God – cos He’s the one actually in control.
True love never fails. God’s love will never, ever fail us.
So, you may be like me sometimes, and say… “This is impossible. You don’t know my situations. You don’t know how impossible this really is.”
And, you are right. I don’t know your story, as you don’t know mine. But, what I do know is that with God… this is possible. I believe that with all my heart for you and for me. And, how He shows you will be a miracle designed for you, and it will bring peace to situations that you right now feel like can never be resolved. The first step is to trust Him. Trust and obey. As we know His love, and as we sink deeper and deeper in the vast, overwhelming love of our Father – We know love. And, as we love others, the love becomes more and more real and known to us. What a beautiful cycle to be in, right?
Divisiveness destroys, but love restores. Last time I checked, my God was in the business of restoration. It’s what He does. Give it up to Him. Be brave and kind when you speak up. Be quiet and still to hear Him. Reach out and talk to others about conflict and various perspectives. I can’t know your story, unless you share it. Please be brave, it’s yours, and it’s meant to share. Let’s give each other the opportunity to put one another’s shoes on and walk around a bit. Unity comes as God fuses us together as one. One body that represents Him. His way is vulnerable, honest love and connection… So let’s seek His ways. Mine don’t always work the best. 😉
Bible References: I Corinthians 13:4-8; 1 John 4