L.A.F. All Day Long

I've been yelled at more times than I can remember.  I've been insulted, devalued, marginalized and profiled.  None of it was fun, and sometimes it made me mad.

Rejection just doesn't feel good.  I get it.  You want to be loved and accepted by all.  But reality kicks in, and it all goes south.  I once had a successful business man tell me if only 25% of the people were mad at me, then I should be having a good day.  I don't know if that's true, but I do know that when that number goes high, I'm having a bad day.

LOVE
John 13:34-35 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

If you don't to be offended, choose to love people before you get angry with them.  That doesn't mean that you will never get angry, it means that you will choose to value your relationship with someone more than their actions.  

ACCEPTANCE
Romans 5:8  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

I've heard the word, tolerance, frequently used in our culture today.  I think that it is an insult to just, tolerate someone.  If someone were to say to you, "I just tolerate you."  What would you think?  Accepting people just as they are, can be a challenge.  Remember, Christ accepted you while you were still sinning.  Just because you accept someone doesn't mean that you are giving license to bad behavior.

FORGIVENESS
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Now I can write about this all day.  But here is the jest of it.  Would you be willing to forgive someone and thus save your relationship with them?  Or is the need for you to be "right" greater than your love for them?  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to L.A.F. today.  AMEN  

The L.A.F. principle is from a book of the same name.  Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness by Jerry Cook.  

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