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When people fail you… what do you do?

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

– Proverbs. 19:11

I understand that people disappoint.

I understand that people may not do things the way you want to do things.

But is that really a good enough reason to part ways?

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

– 1 Corinthians 13:7–8

God calls us to love our neighbour as ourselves.  It’s easy to love someone when they agree with you.  It’s easy to love someone when they treat you right.  It’s hard to love someone when they disagree with you.  It’s hard to love someone when they’ve hurt you.

I look to Jesus.  While he hung on a cross, beaten and bruised, he did not curse those who put him there.

Instead he said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)

You can’t love them on your own strength.  It’s in those situations that you gotta love out of the love of God.  It’s in those situations that you’ve got to draw on the strength and love of God.

See more at Desiring God on this topic: More Thoughts on Friends Who Fail You

– Ames –

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