Scripture: from verse 4 and 5
The love you have for all God’s people…springs from the confident hope that you will receive what is stored up for you in heaven.
Observation: We don’t always like people. I certainly don’t always like people. I don’t like people when they don’t listen to me, or when they talk too much, or when they refuse to think clearly about some subject. I have the unfortunate tendency to think ideas are more important than people, and I can ride roughshod over the needs of others if I’m not careful as a result. Sometimes listening is more important than being right.
And I think that’s one of the things that is stored up specifically for me in heaven: answers. Clear, elegant truths that make sense of everything that happens on Earth and unlock new and fascinating questions to explore. And (I hope) the knowledge that everyone else around me also sees God clearly, and God is Truth so because they see Truth and I see Truth we’ll be able to think about things together and not get caught in weird circular logic and human anchoring biases.
Stupid anchoring bias.
And so I can love people even when I don’t like them. Even when they are wrong – not just mistaken (which I don’t mind) but actually refusing to see reason – I know that someday I won’t have any biases and they won’t have any biases and the conversation that I’m finding so frustrating will be long gone and forgotten. Because Truth is waiting.
God already counts me as perfect. I’m not. Hopefully I can love others for how our relationship will be, even if I don’t like where it is. It’s not like I’m perfect either.
And this is different for every person, but God still has stored in heaven exactly the treasure you are hoping for. Time. Affection. Pleasure. Power. Creation. Sleep. Everything we desire – everything we dislike other people for interrupting – God has stored up for us. The current delay is just a drop in the ocean of promise.
Application: Look to heaven. God has what you need. You don’t have to push at others or take from others to get it.
Prayer: Yeshua, help me to be better at seeing things from your perspective. Help me to know that you have all the answers, and that all things will pass but your Truth. Help me to love others the way you do. Amen.