February 6 Common Sense Love
And so we continue learning about love through the eyes of Christ. Now, let’s talk about loving the Uncle George who slops his food when he eats. Uncle George will still slop his food. He is 75 and unlikely to change now. However, you can present him with larger napkins or twice as many. Or you can stop serving messy food. No soup or gravy for Uncle George.
However, if Uncle George is the person who abused you when you were a child, there are bigger lessons to learn here. Your mother insists he be invited. Your choices include:
- Pray and ask God for advice on how to handle Uncle George.
- Let someone else hold family events at their house. You can go late and leave early.
- Never be alone with Uncle George.
- Make sure your children are never alone with him either.
- Any ideas you want to add here to help the rest of us?
Yes love with the love of Christ but use your common sense at the same time.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. (Colossians 3:15-16, MSG)
Prayer-Lord you know Uncle George better than we do… help us make the right decisions about loving him yet using the common sense you give us. Amen.