I’m not usually one to publicly comment on political events occurring around the world, part of which is due to my not wanting to jeopardize my husbands political career or say something that could potentially come back to haunt him, myself and/or our family someday. But in light of the recent American presidential election and the destructive reactions from people all around the world, I feel like this is one of those times when I need to share whats on my heart.
For far too long I have been seeing my social media feeds flooded with judgement and hate. There was a time when I would get riled up with a silent fury at the things I was seeing. Not because of the side I was taking, but rather because of how each side was being treated by the other. Now, though, I’m just tired. I’m tired of seeing bitterness spill out of hearts in ways that are more than hurtful.
Ladies, choices were made. And whether wrong or right, whether we agree or disagree, those choices were made. Regardless of what the past held, regardless of what is happening and being said at present, and regardless of what may and will happen in the future, God is still the Great I AM. We need to take hold of His promises to provide us with a hope and a future, His promises to work things out for the good of all who love Him. Because whether or not we truly believe it in the depths of our being, He is who He says He is. Period.
So let us align our hearts with Him and remember that to love with authentic, unfiltered kindness, is that to which we have been called.
What does that mean?
It means that we are to be authentic and real, that we are to set aside the perfect image of ourselves that we want others to see and acknowledge our shortcomings and mistakes, embrace our imperfections and the forgiveness and redemption that is so freely available to us, and live true to our identity in Him.
It means that we are to hold unfiltered kindness in our hearts towards others. Unfiltered in the sense that we are to love everyone and anyone, regardless of their financial and social status, their heritage and culture, their sexual orientation and gender, their beliefs and values, and regardless of their political views and affiliations. We are to unbiasedly and unselfishly show compassion, care and consideration to everyone, including those whom the world considers ‘the monsters of society’.
Why do we need to love with authentic, unfiltered kindness?
Because Jesus did. And because He has called us to.
Let me clarify here that loving with authentic, unfiltered kindness does not mean we have to like someone or agree with them and the choices they make in life. Through Scripture we see that disagreements date back to Adam and Eve and their children. So it’s guaranteed that there will be disagreements amongst us today. And there were times when it was clear that Jesus did not like the Pharisees let alone agree with them. But you know what? Out of the greatest of loves, He put such value on their lives that He was nailed to the cross for their sins.
That’s aggravating at times, yes, because we don’t always think everyone is worthy enough to receive His love and grace. But He does, and it’s His opinion that matters. So who are we to question and live our lives in any other way than by according to how He has called us.
So again, regardless of our stance and our feelings, let us align our hearts with Him and love with authentic, unfiltered kindness. Because that is what we have been called to.