“O my Father, give me eyes to see, a heart to respond, and hands and feet to serve you wherever you encounter me! Make me a billboard of your grace, a living advertisement for the riches of your compassion. I long to hear you say to me one day, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ And I pray that today I would be that faithful servant who does well at doing good. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen” (Max Lucado).
As I see it, it doesn’t matter which side of the mask or vaccine debate you fall on. It doesn’t matter if you have all the facts and figures and arguments on your side. If you don’t have love, if you’re not coming from a heart of loving compassion mirroring the heart of God, it’s worth nothing. Your words mean nothing.
Your shaming and name-calling won’t bring back a single person who has died during the pandemic. All your rage and anger won’t change the number of people who are testing positive or who are in the ICU on ventilators. Most likely, all your yelling won’t change anybody’s mind. So choose to be loving and compassionate in your words. Choose to be as merciful to others, regardless of their viewpoints, as Jesus was to you when you were yet sinners and strangers to God.
Remember as always that Christ forgave His enemies, even as they were in the very act of murdering Him. Jesus told us that God would forgive us in the same way that we forgive others.
Oh yeah, and be kind.