Monday, June 30, 2008

Get the plank out of your own eye, before mentioning the splinter in someone elses...

Am I the only one who feels this way? The only one feels angry at friends that have let themselves fall, who let what they know is right inside go, who let their virtues and beliefs hang in the balance, just to "fit in" with the crowd, and you see them putting themselves in these situations and start to hang out with their old friends, who honestly did nothing good for them, and start drinking or doing drugs again or whatever and you feel hopeless for them, and you don't know what to do? I know what I'm not supposed to do: Judge and it's hard not to, especially when you see this person that you considered part of your family out in places they shouldn't be, doing things they shouldn't be doing. It's like you want to walk over and smack some sense into these persons, and scream in their face the questions that are in dire need of answers. I have a few friends who are in these situations, and I've learned [from being in similar circumstances myself] that the best thing to do is to love them, show them you still care, don't let being judgmental get in the way of your friendship, you never really know what a person is going through, and you never know, if what they really need is a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to listen, and that can make their day a lot easier...

Love is patient & kind.
Love is not jealous, it does not brag,
and is not proud.
Love is not rude, is not selfish,
and does not get upset with others.
Love does not count up wrongs
that have been done.
Love takes no pleasure in evil
but rejoices in the truth.
Love patiently accepts all things.
it always trusts, always hopes, & always endures.
Love never fails...

I Corinthians 13:4~8


Something Beautiful said...
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Danielle Jane said...

I would say this is your best post... =) I can totally relate to everything you've said here. It's so easy to get frustrated, (especially as a youth pastor, I see it happening so often.. it's sad, especially when it happens with people close to you)

It's nice to know that there are others who have such a righteousness burning inside of them. The Bible says "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but an enemy multiplies kisses." Sometimes you have to remain faithful to your friends, even if it means to speak up (lovingly =)) when you know they are going down the wrong road... They will thank you in the end. =) But you're very right... love is the best way to deal with it. The Bible says "Love covers a multitude of sins" and "Love brings men to repentance." So the best way to show them back to God is to love the "hell" out of them... haha.

Anyway, I love you lots and appreciate your posts!