Oh, I need Jesus today. I’ve had a WEEK with my son. He’s struggling with some stuff and I’m the current object of his frustration. He’s been a frustrated kid for a long time. He hates to go anywhere. He hates transitions. He’s even hated me more than a few times this week.
My Bible study was about loving the hard to love today. Isn’t His timing perfect? I needed this grace so much to bestow my own grace.
And tonight at church, I learned something about the Bible greats. Many of them had fiery tempers and big personalities to accompany their great faith. We read 2 Corinthians 4:7 where Paul called people “earthen vessels” that hold “treasure” – the treasure of God’s power in us.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10 NKJV)
My heart holds the power to love when I’m perplexed. And Jesus loves me through it. When I feel struck down by other people’s pain, I’m not destroyed.
I have the power of Jesus in my earthen vessel. And I truly believe that all this struggle brings me closer to the light. I see where I’m wrong and where I can adjust and love more fully. I see where my weariness works in showing a young man what it means to love a person through their struggle.
That’s what I’m thanking Jesus for tonight – for loving me enough and filling my vessel full enough to love anyway.
I pray you know that He loves you when you’re struggling to love someone else.