Real love is often hard, inconvenient and costly; but true happiness only comes to those who care about others at some cost to themselves.
“Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; the prudent quietly shrug off insults.”
Proverbs 12:16 MSG
If you are going to do something radical, you do need to know that you have heard God right.
A water-bearer in India had two large pots, both hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot always arrived half full.
The poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water-bearer one day by the stream:
‘I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologise to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts.’
The bearer said to the pot, ‘Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’
Thankfully, God uses cracked pots! You do not need to be perfect for God to use you. http://www.bibleinoneyear.org/bioy/commentary/2164 #BiOY
Be kind-hearted and sow righteousness. If you live like this, the whole world around you will be affected.
The kingdom of God is not just about the conversion of individuals – important though that is – but about the transformation of society.
Lord, give me the wisdom to know when it is important to meet, to confront and to hear explanations. Help us to avoid unnecessary divisions and disunity. Help me to learn the skills of loving confrontation.
How to handle confrontation.
‘Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me’ (v.1). Help me not to be overcome by evil but to overcome evil with good.
Lord, I pray for wisdom today and that you would put a guard over my lips so that my words may be used to feed and guide others.