God is not in the business of hate. His greatest achievement? Reconciliation. Resurrecting harmony between He and all his creation…and all creation between one another.
When my daughters were growing up their bedrooms went neglected. The totality of it could paralyze your brain. You were never sure what was waiting under stale shorts. You knew whatever it was it was more threatening than the clothes themselves. Dishes got discovered you forgot you had. No one wants a filthy bedroom. We’re not even mindful of the clutter until one morning we wake up and something shatters under foot. The contest? Close the door and pretend there are more important things — or labor two days for the order that once existed. The pinch? How did things get this bad? And, what if I do all that…and nothing changes? This is the easiest metaphor I can come up with to explain my human deficit. It’s not Coq Au Vin — it’s just poultry.
There are stains under the heart…some we haven’t a clue how they got there. But it’s ok. No really…it’s ok. We don’t have to clean ourselves up. We don’t have to straighten others. We can’t. And this is the news that is to good to be believed. Someone else has dissolved all our residue. The mouth of God has put forth this promise…“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us…” (Gal 3:13)
There is this beauty that works, and we can see evidences of it everywhere, but we’re not capable of restoring its original character…much less keeping it consistently clean. We’re all trying in our own unique, limited, even diabolical ways. But we’re cursed.
‘For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.” (Gal 3:10)
As a people…because we all occupy this room together…we keep returning to ancestry principles. One generation moves far to the left only to compel the next to shuffle off to the right. Despite our best efforts our human eyes can only see so far. Ergo there never seems to be an end to the broken glass.
Jesus Christ wipes up all our best efforts.
(Gal 3:13 con’t) “…that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
The promise which is spoken of here? God is able to melt the cuffs off the hands that once cursed Him, share the same heartbeat in the house He has fashioned, and advance our destination by pouring out love — not hate, judgement, or destruction of any kind — to everyone who comes close. So that we might all live perpetually in the unity of His gracious Spirit.
A love that…
Suffers long and is kind.
Does not envy.
Is not hypocritical.
Not self seeking.
Is not provoked by the unloving.
Thinks no evil.
Does not enjoy offenses.
Celebrates the truth.
Bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things.
“For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.” (2Co5:4)
Today, if you hear His voice…do not harden your hearts.