…but now, put them all away — anger, exasperation, meanness, slander and obscene talk.
Observation: It’s a good thing God says nothing is impossible with Him (Luke 1:37), because this sounds pretty impossible to me. We are new people, being remade and renewed by the knowledge of God, and that means giving up these things. It means being nice to people.
At a CBS recently, one of the questions was, “Why do people try to follow the Law when Yeshua has fulfilled the Law?” And the answer I came up with was that there’s always a Law to follow that is easier than actually loving people.
Loving people is hard. Loving a person may be fairly easy, but choosing not to be angry or mean or even exasperated with every single person you meet or see or pass while driving is very hard. Because people are crazy.
But God is great. That’s the point here. We don’t love people because they are lovable. We usually don’t know them well enough to love them. We love them because God is great. we love them because He does. We love them because His light makes all things lovable.
In photography, “magic hour” is the hour before sunset. (I believe the hour after sunrise also counts.) In college I called it the “glowing time” when I happened to take a walk during that time. Everything glows then. Houses and trees and rocks and sidewalk and everything. It’s beautiful because of the light that is on it.
I figure God is like that too. God is our permanent glowing hour. His light transforms the normal boring annoying people around us into glowing beings. So even when we can’t love them with out normal minds, we can look for God’s light. Because that is lovable.
Application: Look for God’s light when you are getting annoyed with people. Watch them glow.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I am not very good at this. Especially over the internet. Help me to see your light on people. Amen.