My heart wants to love the unlovely. Always has. Always will.
You see, I don’t think of myself as lovely.
I’m not the popular one.
I’m the goon from elementary and junior high.
The kid all the other kids teased.
What was cute for old people in the nursing home was reason enough for bullying in my younger years.
Bullying may be too harsh a word.
It could have just been “good fun” in their minds, but not mine.
In my mind it was hatred and I felt less than them.
That’s what happens when one is bullied…in good fun.
It happens in homes, too. I’ve heard mothers say they don’t stop their kids from calling each other names because it happens in the real world and they need to get used to it. “It’s just part of growing up.”
Homes need to be safety zones.
Homes need to be places where every one belongs.
Homes need to be nurturing.
“Good fun” isn’t good if someone is hurting.
No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous. For in the past we were foolish, hard in heart, turned from the true way, servants of evil desires and pleasures, living in bad feeling and envy, hated and hating one another.
But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, He saved us from all that. It was all His doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with Him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come–an eternity of life! You can count on this. I want you to put your foot down. Take a firm stand on these matters so that those who have put their trust in God will concentrate on the essentials that are good for everyone. ~Titus 3 (MSG)
Feeling a bit like putting my foot down today.
Those type behaviors in “good fun” truly come from an evil source.
You may think it’s cute, funny, charming.
Nope. It’s not. It hurts.
We are to show the kindness of our God.
Am I being too sensitive? Do you see hurtful words said in a teasing manner as just “good fun”??? Is your home safe for every one?