by Brenda McGraw
It’s game time. I need half of you on one side of the line and half of you on the other side. The rules are easy. I am giving you a big rope, and who ever pulls the other team over the line into the mud wins. You want to make sure your strongest players are in the back so they can pull with the strength they have been given.
Name that game!
Today we are going to play the game, and the teams are set up based on the following scripture:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Col 3:12-14
Tug of War
The whistle is raised to the referee’s mouth.
Ready, set, go . . .
The battle has begun.
All of these are tugging back and forth—wanting to win the battle in your heart and life.
Your child makes a really bad choice.
Your spouse spends too much money.
A friend gossips about something you told them not to share.
You run out of compassion for him or her.
You blow up because you are mad and there go the patience and gentleness.
Pride steps in, thinking your way is the right way instead of the tugging humility trying to remind you to have the mind of Christ.
At this point, who wants to be kind?
And you are thinking, “There is no way I am going to forgive them, because I am right and they are wrong” —so forgiveness is tugging and pulling really tight and is not about to let go.
How in the world do we keep all of these virtues of Christ doing what they are supposed to do in our life?
We think, “I will never have it all together. I will never win this tug of war in my heart.”
Then along comes “love.” Love doesn’t have to choose sides because love wants both sides to win. Love tells you to “let go of the rope!” Love makes forgiving easier. It makes compassion, kindness, patience and gentleness do their thing. All of a sudden, because love has come along, I will quit tugging so hard and I will humble myself and quit thinking I am right.
After all, what is more important, being right or the relationship?
Through the love of Christ, we can do all things. His love brings unity and peace to not only our lives, but the lives of others. Love wins every time!
It no longer becomes a battle of the heart to win the victory.
It becomes belief in our heart to win the war.
When we allow love to bring unity, all the virtues start working together.
The game is over, at least until the next time we are asked to play. No one ended up in the mud this time, because love saved the day and brought unity to the outcome. Love won!
If this game is real in your life, I pray that you will ask God to help you love like He does. He wants unity in our lives. He calls it “perfect unity.” Satan can keep the battle going and tugging at us, but when we put on the love of Jesus, Jesus gets the victory.
We can strive daily to put on the clothing of righteousness. We seek to be compassionate, kind, gentle and patient. We can walk in humility and bear with each other by forgiving.
However we can’t do any of this on our own and without love. Love covers a multitude of sin.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
I would like to pray for you:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I lift my sweet friends up to you and pray God that You would clothe us with Your righteousness daily. When we fall, we ask You to forgive us. Love through us and let love flow out of us. Whatever we are going through today Lord I pray You would reveal Your heart to us and help us be more like Jesus. In Your name I pray. Amen
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Brenda McGraw is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller, “Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where she has a team of writers sharing truth and hope with others.
Brenda currently lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and three of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack.. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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