Friday, January 18, 2013

Christ's Way

Christ's way of dealing with people is through love and kindness. Naysayers would suggest that His way doesn't always work in the "real world." Sometimes the only way to get through to somebody is to "talk straight." People are motivated by "tough love." But you can rationalize this way of thinking until you only use the "kindness technique" with old ladies and complete strangers. I thought I was a "realist," and that I was facing the facts.

But I came to see it's not "realist" at all. I thought that reacting with charity and kindness meant you ignore the bad stuff and focus on the positive. But the Lord taught me that I had misunderstood. "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Having charity is not ignoring the facts, it is facing them.

He taught me that it's not true that one of his daughters is fat.

That it's not true that your narcissistic friend is full of herself.

That it's not true that he can't carry a tune.

It is true that she is a daughter of God, created in his image inside and out.

It is true that your friend has inside of them a kind, loving spirit.

And it is true that he has within him a wonderful voice, patterned after the perfection of the Father.

And you know what? The truth is actually more motivating than the lies of a realist. "And ye shall know the truth. And the truth shall set you free." (John 8:32)

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