1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.ESV
Is it just me or do you sometimes feel like God sends people into your life to sharpen your "Love Ax?" If you are anything like me sometimes the edge on our ax gets dull and God sees the need to sharpen it for you. I must confess, I don't enjoy this process. First of all if you know anything about sharpening a large blade on a grinder you know that sparks fly and the heat tends to build up quickly! I have noticed through my 24 years in ministry that God will allow... no scratch that... God will SEND people into my life for a time of sharpening. Ugh. Grinding metal, flying sparks, heat and pressure are the ticket for sharpening my dull "love ax!"
Has God sent the "Not-So-Lovables" into your life as a sharpening agent for you? I am learning to embrace this process as both from God and necessary. I need the "Not-So-Lovables" because it takes that kind of grinding and honing to sharpen me to a fine razor's edge. Could you identify the "Not-So-Lovables" in your life today? Don't point! They are probably very close by. God is using them to prepare you to stretch, grow and mature. Embrace the process. Determine to be better and receive all that God is teaching you through the "Not-So-Lovables" in your life. Have an amazing day!
Grace and Peace,