Fighting Dirty For The Ones We Love
2 Corinthians 5:21Â God made Him who knew no sin to be sinÂ on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Romans 5:5Â And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. 6Â ForÂ atÂ justÂ the right time,Â whileÂ we wereÂ stillÂ powerless,Â ChristÂ diedÂ forÂ the ungodly.Â 7Â It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.â€¦
When was the last time you fought dirty for the one’s you love? Or for an enemy? I’m not talking cheating, I am talking about getting dirt under the nails, sweating, and digging deep into all you’ve got and then giving some more. Valuing that spouse who has hurt you deeply. Treating the bully at work with kindness. Fighting dirty is not based upon changed behavior, it is deeply rooted in who Christ is in us!
We love because he first loved us. God didn’t just give us a list of do’s and don’ts, pat us on the back, and send us on our way. He was and is involved in creation! So much so, that at just the right time, while we were still sinning he came to earth in the form of a human child. He experienced sweat, he had splinters in his skin, and scars on his back from loving us. He knew our struggle with temptation. He knew we were oppressed, and he knew our depression. He fought dirty for us!!
Depression, suicide, hopelessness is a dark and dingy place, because hopelessness is wrapped in lies about our identity and the character of God. I was once smothered in those lies. My son died in those lies. How do we counter such a devious and destructive attack that often begins when we are children?! We battle by getting to know the character of God and acting on the hope he offers to us.
I didn’t know God. Scripture is like sitting across from God and hearing him tell his side of the story. Prayer is a constant conversation (both speaking and listening) with God. Fellowship with other in process believers encourages, challenges, and brings me out of my shell. This is my foundation. As a result, I can’t sit idly by and put on blinders to the suffering of others. I have my hands in the dirt of humanity. Be all in because God was all in for us!
Let me know your story in the comments. How can I fight dirty for you!?