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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Love Stinks

OK, I’m going to date myself here but back in 1980 the J. Geils Band came out with a song that got quite a bit of air time on the radio.  The song was called “Love Stinks.”  The lyricist for this song seems to have had a significant lapse in creativity since the majority of the song was the band shouting out the phrase “Love Stinks!”  Man, I miss being a teenager! (NOT!)  If you want to be reminded of how profound the song is, Google it and listen to it online (don’t pay the .69 cents on iTunes!).

Last week I talked about three things that can really get people stirred up – love, hate and forgiveness.  It is hard to love, it is easy to justify hate and it seems impossible to forgive sometimes.  What do we do?

Some people I know closely and love dearly have had some really bad things happen to them or to the people they care about.  Most often some bad people have been the cause of the pain.  And there is the rub.  What do you do with these bad people who don’t have any interest in being good, of being sorry, of making things right?  What do you do with some of the plain ole evil that is out there that we brush up against?  How can we love?  How can we NOT hate?  Does God seriously expect me to forgive?

The power of the Christian faith is it invites us to see things from the perspective of eternity – especially in the midst of our suffering.  One of the greatest truths is knowing that God is perfectly just.  He will set things right, in the end perfect justice will take place.

Anger, bitterness and hatred are my desire to mete out justice.  And part of us believes we are truly punishing the other person by our hatred.  But we are only punishing ourselves by allowing the cancer of hatred to eat away our soul.

Forgiveness is the antidote to the poison of bitterness.  But it is a supernatural act, it is something that is made possible by God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  We are to long for justice, to pray for justice and to work for justice but we must allow justice to take place in God’s order.  And we must daily live in trust of Jesus, walking in his forgiveness so we have the power to forgive others.  It is not easy.  But it is not impossible.  God makes a way if we are willing to follow.  God’s love doesn’t stink, it saves.

Remember, as Christ-followers, we know the end of the story.  And it is good.


“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Revelation 21:3-4, 22:12-13

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