Upstream Living

Result of a serious automobile accident
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Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything. 2 Corinthians 6:10 (NLT)

Some friends of our daughter and son-in-law recently had their car stolen. The police reported a week or so later that they had found the stolen car because it had been wrecked. Two young girls had stolen the car and subsequently got in an accident. As owners of the car, our kid’s friends had every right to be angry and to desire swift and severe punishment for the girls. They chose, however, to find out the identity of these young perpetrators of grand theft auto and….wait for it…invite them over for dinner.

I thought about this gracious couple as I read Paul’s words to the believers in Corinth this morning. As followers of Jesus, we are called to respond differently than the world responds. When hated, we love. When injured, we forgive. When insulted, we bless. When suffering, we rejoice. When in need, we are to be content. When in plenty, we give away. When slapped on one cheek, we offer the other. When our car is stolen and wrecked, we invite the thieves over for a home cooked meal.

In a world of mindless lemmings and the herd mentality it is easy to go with the flow.

The path of faith leads upstream.

2 thoughts on “Upstream Living”

  1. 14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?

    This is a fine, gray line to me. We are instructed in the Message to share the love of Christ with unbelievers, to be in community with unbelievers, but here we are told not to partner or team up with them. My mind goes to marriage or business partnerships where someone could greatly influence us in deep relationship. Today, I am reminded that while the line is gray, we are still called to find it, to try to identify it and to love.

  2. Wow, I hope you post how this evening went. I would be very interested. That took a lot of courage. Sounds like your kids have great friends. Good Day!

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