1 THESSALONIANS 2:15
“who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men,”
The truth is there are people in the world who are just hostile towards God and anyone who stands with Him. They can’t stand the fact that He loves them. They don’t want to hear that He sent His Son to die for them. They had rather fight than listen. And the sad fact is you can do nothing to persuade them otherwise. That is the Lord’s fight.
So, what do you do when you face these people? You love them anyway. You pray for them. You do kind things for them. You find ways to just be Jesus to them. And when they attack you for doing those things, you smile and do it some more.
This is a hard lesson for our children. We don’t want to see them ridiculed or harassed. We don’t want them around nasty, mean people. But we can’t always protect them, so we have to prepare them. That means letting them watch us deal with these people. They need to see us loving while being hated.
Why is it most of a parent’s teaching involves modeling? Because children learn best by imitating. They will mimic and follow the example of those they love and respect. God knew that. He even asks us to imitate His Son. Why shouldn’t our children imitate us? Give them something to imitate.
Who are you emulating? Is it Christ? If it isn’t, be careful. Our only perfect example is Jesus. He was loving even while on the cross. He loved Judas to the end. He refused to lash out when He could have easily called the angels. Be like Him.
I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, Lord. Let me show, even my enemies, Your love. Help me stand firm and remain gentle.