6. Get Uncomfortable for the Sake of Others
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In His sermon in Matthew 5, Jesus taught radical ways to show people you love them, which included:
- praying for those who persecute you,
- offering your other cheek when one of them is slapped, and
- volunteering to go the extra mile with someone who needs something.
Jesus was basically saying “Get out of the box and start feeling uncomfortable in the way you show love toward others.”
Leah, who posted her feelings about racial reconciliation on social media, got out of her comfort zone last weekend when she joined her brother in a protest at the Stafford County Courthouse in Stafford County, VA. Although she was hesitant and even frightened to attend, she was so glad she did.
“I’m very passionate about racial reconciliation and injustice but I was frightened to be associated with a protest that might get violent or break some laws,” she said. I understand their outrage, but I didn’t want to be grouped with protesters who were outraged.” Yet she found this peaceful protest to be “a beautiful experience.”
“It wasn’t the negative rhetoric that you might expect in a protest,” she said. “People were so focused on peace.” Every speaker and chaplain who spoke, also prayed. “As people marched together to the police station, chanting, there was a peaceful unity to it and a spirit of love whether you were young, old, Hispanic, Black, Asian, Caucasian, Muslim, or Christian. There was such a spirit of inclusivity. I felt it was a tangible way to love people. I walked away feeling peace, joy, and such hope as I saw so many people coming together for a common cause.”
“People were handing us water. One black American woman started fanning me because she saw I was sweating and my poor, pasty skin couldn’t take the heat that day. People asked us our names and thanked us for being there. I found myself in tears as I saw people coming together from all walks of life to march for justice. We came together in the name of Jesus. We came together, united.”
Can you get outside the box and do something uncomfortable to relate to others who have felt uncomfortable most of their lives? Ask God to show you how you can practice His radical ways of showing love, turning the other cheek, and going the extra mile for other people whom God loves just as much as you.
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