David O. Mears remind us: “It’s not always convenient to be good.
The Bible encourages us: “Do not be weary while doing good….”
Everyone has a story irrespective of the hierarchy of emotions and scars attached but most people especially those who terribly need to open up, so they can receive healing. Still they hold back with one question ringing in their minds- ‘If I stand naked, will you cover me?’
While some people could care less about being half naked on any other day, they are unable to bear the risk of intentionally stripping themselves bare before the world- opening up their Pandora box of secrets, the multitude of deeds that they comfortably perform in a closet or where no one else but same kinds are. They prefer to stand in cover-ups of being ‘bad’ or ‘good’
As David O. Mears reminds us, it is not always convenient to love as we should.
We have the calling to love everyone. To minister to the ones in our lives, just as we find them. Gently peeling away their nasty rags with the truth of Gods word, with the revelation of Abba’s love that we have experienced. Strip by strip, unwinding the lies that have shriveled their souls.
Having done all this not to leave them bare or to have a new story to talk about but to cover their nakedness with love and acceptance.
It would not be an easy process but love is patient, isn’t He?
Insults from the hurt ones might fly around but Love endures all things, doesn’t He?
Rejection and fear will persecute them and shield them from you but love bears all things, believes in redemption, hopes in salvation. Love never fails.
This is the kind of love we have been called to. A love where we are responsible for others. A love that bears the burdens of others. The kind of love that accepts and covers others just as Jesus did us.