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Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, April 26, 2021.
I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them! Psalm 109:4
Social media is a fascinating place. The original purpose of it was to connect people and let them socialize without actually being in the same place. So people started putting up their personal information so that you could get to know them. People added things like their names, photos, likes, and dislikes, and of course, their relationship status. The addition of relationship statuses started off with just single married or single. Then they added divorced, widowed, and separated. The final step in relationship status choices was, “it’s complicated.” It’s complicated was meant to denote those people who were in ill-defined relationships, not quite on but not quite off, and just didn’t fit any one category. It was immediately a hit.
What we often miss is that relationships are all complicated. No matter if you are married, single, or anywhere in between, it’s always complicated. It is complicated to love someone when they have hurt you. It is complicated to care for someone when you see them going down the wrong path. It is complicated to long for someone who does not see you in the same way. It is complicated to love a sibling who you think your parents like more. For believers, relationships are even more complicated because we are called to love our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who despitefully use us and persecute us. That’s complicated.
Friends, following God is rarely easy and is often complicated. Being a believer means doing the hard work of being the best you no matter what the people you are in a relationship with are doing. This means that sometimes you will have to love those who are hurting you, pray for those who are preying on you and remain true to you when you want to step down and be someone else. It’s complicated, but it is necessary. It is necessary because someone has to be above the fray. It’s necessary because someone has to love people even when they are at their worst. It’s complicated, but it is also what we are called to do.