Problems Need Solutions
Do you like finding the solutions to life’s puzzling issues? Some people just like seeking out solutions and gaining the satisfaction that they solved the problem. It seems we are constantly trying to solve or find the answer to life, behavior, or dealing with difficult situations. Sometimes we think we have solved the problem to find that we hold only a partial answer or one that everyone doesn’t agree with.
Take for instance the mother who took off running when she heard 7-year-old Billy screaming in the bedroom. What she found upon arrival was his 2-year-old sister pulling his hair. Mother immediately came up with what she thought was the solution to the problem. She gently released the little girl’s grip and said comfortingly to the boy, ”She didn’t mean it. She didn’t know that it hurt.” The older brother nodded in agreement as mother left the room. But as she started back down the hall the little girl now began screaming. Mother rushed back in asking, ”What happened? The little boy replied, ”She knows it hurts now!” Billy decided his solution was more effective.
And this is often why a lot of life solutions we come up with on our own don’t work. It seems we can’t always agree upon the best way to solve the problem so that everyone involved finds satisfactionÂ with the solution. We tend to take things into our own hands and twist them to our way of thinking. One thing leads to another and then the cycle is never broken as further misunderstandings take place and if allowed to percolate dislike or discontent quickly breeds and spreads out of control into hate.
Breeding Conflicts Needs Solutions
Hate, such a strong word that is often used loosely but in its true concept can hold disastrous results. Hating things such as turnips, harsh colors of orange, or those shoes that are uncomfortable is hardly worth the word hate. But true hate results in an emotion that generates destructive thoughts. Often when directed to other people hate represents pride and jealousy. The Bible says that hatred stirs up conflict. But the Bible does more than give us the results of hate for it also offers the solution.
Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.
We, now, hold the solution to the problem, so if everyone who hates would simply love then the problem goes away, right? Well, not exactly, for to give the kind of love that will overtake hate we must become more like Christ. When we begin to love as He loves us then we have the needed love to show and give others.
Love Covers All
It is through Christ’s example; we can see that love covers all wrongs. For it is only through the cross that our wrongs of sin are overcome with His love for us. God’s love is always directed outward and not selfishly inward. The only way we can hold this kind of love is through His help. If we ask, He will help us set aside our own selfish desires so we too can love without expecting something in return. Through the belief of Christ and the desire to become more like Him we can show the depth of love that overtakes hate.
It is important to avoid contributing to hate and the possible addition of any elements of that emotion. Sometimes it is easy to cross the line as we get caught up in our own issues or the issues of hurt that others impose upon us. One step to move forward in love is recognizing that He created everyone in His own image just as He did us. When we view others as His image it helps remind us to put our pride in place.
With our belief in Christ we realize that His love for us covers all of our wrongs without question and His love also covers all of the wrongs of others. It is His ultimate love that we strive to gain and give to others. With God’s help we love others because of the warmth we feelÂ by His love through us. It is this love that allows us to love even those we consider unlovable.
Love covers all wrongs. The love of Christ covers our wrongs for the asking. The wrapping of this love around us with its forgiveness covers us safely.
Fire Passes Only Once
A man and his son were spending time together in the wide open plains hiking and camping. From the distance on the horizon the man noticed a cloud of smoke. Soon he heard the crackling as the wind shifted. The man quickly realized that a brush fire cutting a path was heading straight towards them so fast there was no way to outrun it. He quickly threw his pack down and searched for a book of matches. The son looked on in disbelief as his father lit a small fire around the two. Father and son soon stood in the circle of the blackened earth and waited for the fire to come. They didn’t have to wait long. They covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and held to each other tightly. The fire came near and then swept over them. They were completely unhurt and untouched for fire will not pass where fire already has passed.
Christ loves you so much that He bore the burden of your sin. He covers your wrong by inviting Him to do so. The law of judgement will not judge what Christ forgave. Love is Christ and it is through Him that you can give love to others. It is the love of Christ that is the solution to the world for it is His love that covers all wrongs.
Love in Christ,
To love means loving the unlovable.
Forgiving means pardoning the unpardonable
Faith means believing the unbelievable.
Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
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Do you see the solution for hate through love? Have you allowed Christ’s love for you to cover your wrongs? Join us in discussion exploring the true solutions of life through learning to love like Christ.