Let Me Be Frank… 2-13-19

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 
1 Peter 4:8

Life is messy.  It’s definitely not always picture perfect, and there are days when it is very difficult, to say the least.  Most of my moves in this life are reactive… meaning my next course of action depends on the current situation.  I could say, “That’s just the way I am,” and leave it at that.  But God continually calls me to more.

Don, DA, and I are in a John Maxwell leadership class right now.  Next week is the final session, but I have to say that I have already learned quite a bit about myself through this process.  One of the biggest ideas I have tried to implement in my life is the “ten on the head” rule.

“Ten on the head” simply means that each person walks in the room with a “10” on their head.  No matter what they’ve done or how they hurt you, they start with a “10.”  And putting that number on their head allows you to treat them differently.  You see, when I have a grudge against _______________ and they walk in the room my demeanor may change.  My body language closes off and I look and act defensively.  How in the world is this relationship going to change if I consistently take thisstance.  It’s time to go back to the Bible and see what “living in love” looks like.

Let’s start at the end of this verse…  “Love covers a multitude of sins” does not mean that we are sweeping things under the rug and pretending problems don’t exist.  It means that we are choosing to love someone for who they are, not what they have done.  We are choosing to ask these questions, “Why is this happening?  Where are they coming from?  What can I do to help the situation?  How can I love them well?”

And what about the beginning?  “Love each other deeply.”  I am reminded of a worship song, “How deep the Father’s love for us.”  What if God is calling us to die to ourselves each day in order to show others Christ’s love.  If that’s the case (and I believe it is) then it’s not all about us and how we feel.  It’s not about whether we are wrong or right.  It’s about how we love.  There is a way to correct… in love.  There is a way to make your point… in love.  There is a way to handle every situation… in love.  There is a way to live your life… in love.

“Ten on the head…”  Try it this week and see what happens.  Life may be messy but it is a beautiful journey when we walk with others.

We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER!