God doesn’t like it when other Christian people are mean to us – even when those people are our own kids!
I discovered this one evening when my dad came over for supper.
My boys were two and five at the time. My husband was working late. I was exhausted and just trying to survive until bedtime.
I filled the boys’ plates with carefully prepared food cut into nice, tiny little bites. When I set it on the table, their instant response was to whine about what we were having.
As the meal unfolded, they ignored my requests to take more bites. Half their food went on the floor along with their silverware. I’d just come back from fetching yet another clean fork when a fight erupted between them.
Suddenly my quiet father stood up, put his hands down firmly on the table and looked right at my boys. In a stern voice he said, “Boys, you knock that off. You tell your mother thank you, and be nice. She is my daughter, and I don’t like how you are treating her.”
It was all I could do not to burst into tears right on the spot.
I was his daughter. I’d forgotten that.
In all the growing up, having babies and fighting cancer, I had forgotten I was still his little girl. Now he was outraged to see anyone, even his own grandsons, treat me with such disrespect.
I think God is like that.
We grow up and have heavy shoulders heaped with responsibility, but in God’s eyes we’re still his little girls. The ones he watched grow up all those years filled with joy and hardship.
“Lord, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. You sift through my travels and my rest; with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it all.” (Psalm 139:1-4)
When God sees someone disrespecting us, He is moved to outrage. He stands up, hands on table and commands them, moving in their spirit, to stop.
God inspires us with his Holy Spirit to treat others with kindness.
But my kids had a choice that day whether or not to listen to their grandpa. In a similar way, we all have a choice whether to obey that movement of God’s spirit in our heart to be kind.
God will never take away anyone’s free will. He will move in our hearts, but he leaves it up to us to choose how we treat other people.
When other people choose to be mean to us, God grieves with us.
He doesn’t like to see his little girls hurt by anyone. Not by their own family, strangers or the evil that prowls this world seeking the ruin of souls.
Perhaps you’ve been hurt in a group of people who claim to be Christians. I imagine this pains Jesus most of all, because it misrepresents His love for you.
If you’ve been mistreated by a Christian community, I apologize on behalf of everyone who hurt you. Jesus loves you like a daughter.
“and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)
I pray you will consider joining us in our Christian community to dig deeper into the love God has for you.