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Immerse: Messiah - Week 10, Day 48

Blessings

Being the mom of three very independently minded children, I have become very adept at translating “bicker-ese” (and yes, I did just make up that word). I can usually tell when an argument has gotten past the point of no return. If you’re a sibling yourself, you’re probably just as good at recognizing this same limit. One minute they’re merely airing their grievances, and the next it’s an all-out war and each kid is out to win at all costs. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? Maybe you were the referee, maybe you were even one of the instigators. Either way, you know exactly how irrational disagreements can be. When I was preparing for this week’s blog, one sentence really resonated with me more than any other. It comes from 1 Peter (page 299). It said during a confrontation, don’t look for retaliation, but instead “pay them back with a blessing.” Just like that old colloquialism of “kill them with kindness,” Christians were told they should bless those who would oppose them.
             
 I felt so convicted when I read that because I’ve felt the desire to pull back from people lately. The negativity, which is so evident in our social media right now, is causing me to lose sight of what Jesus calls me to do, and that is to show love more than anything else. I have to fight the desire to engage in an argument or to react with a harsh judgement. Just one page later Peter explains why. It says this, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sin.” I know I have a LOT of sin I would like covered. It doesn’t mean my sin is hidden away, it just means that my love should be louder than any of those sins. When people look back on my life, will they remember my kind actions or will they first think of the times I was rude and/or unforgiving? When people remember you, will they remember the debt of your anger, or will they remember the blessings you paid out?

- Serena Maerkl