Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law
I can’t stand it when my children don’t do what I ask them to do. “Why does your room look like this?” “Why didn’t you say thank you?” “Why did you hit your brother?” Why can’t they just be perfect little angels all of the time? Or robots even? Can’t I program them to listen to me?
I do expect this behavior from my children, even if it frustrates me like no other. They are kids after all, and it’s part of the deal.
But what about when grown ups start acting in ways I don’t like?
Whether it’s saying something I didn’t expect, or doing something that throws me for a loop, I can become really irritated very quickly.
I think the older I become, the less patience I have. It’s not something I am proud of. I should always try and remain graceful but sometimes it is really hard.
Especially with adults.
In moments when I’m biting my tongue in frustration and trying to act in the most Christ like of ways, I have to remember how Jesus feels when we don’t behave in the ways that He wants us to.
Which happens all of the time of course. We are always messing up.
But thankfully He loves us anyway.
And it’s with a great and endless love, one that will never cease.
Romans 13 tells us that love does no harm to a neighbor. It’s this love I need to carry with me when people frustrate me. It’s this love I need to wear when they disappoint me. It’s this love I need to show when someone hurts me.
It’s a love I am commanded to give by a Savior who died for me.