Do you find it easy to care for others around you?
Imagine a hog roast, complete with spinning pig. Imagine that you are talking with your friends about someone else. And that person is just like the pig on the spit, going round and round, getting hotter and hotter and more and more destroyed by the process. As people say things that are more and more horrible, the pig gets more cooked. Ready to eat.
Sometimes it is much easier to bring people down than to build them up. Sometimes it is easier to put people on the spit and cook them nicely, rather than to be kind and loving. Sometimes gossip can be justified as “prayer points”, or “concerns” or something that misses what it really is.
We are called to love one another, because love comes from God. It’s like we’re stamped with love when we know God, or even better, it’s like we become a stick of rock with the word “Love” running right the way through. Because everything about our new identity comes from the fact that God loves us so much that he sent Jesus to die for us, so that we can be made free.
This sort of love is totally incompatible with the spit roast of gossip and bitching about others. It’s hard, but it’s true. Let’s be the people who are like the stick of rock with “Love” written all the way through. Let’s take other people off from the spit and be kind and loving to all that we meet. Because God loved us first.
Lord God, thank you for your amazing love for us. Help us to be kind and loving towards others today. Amen.
How can you be intentional about being loving today? How can you change the conversations that are unkind and unloving into something more positive?