“Know it all.”
These are just two of the phrases that ran through my mind when I thought of my new friend. I know it sounds harsh, but it was definitely my perception at the time.
I had just started a new school and hoped to meet new people with similar beliefs and interests.
I finally met a friend. She was pretty, appeared happy, and, most importantly, she was a Christian.
Bingo, I found my friend, my person, my bff for life…
But after awhile my new friend, well, she aggravated me.
I would ask God, “why does she talk about herself so much? Why does she act like she has the answers to everything?”
He had a simple response, as He normally does.
He said, “Just love her.”
Needless to say, God’s response baffled me. Love her? What do you mean love her, Jesus? She seems loved enough to me, and according to her, she’s really got it going on.
This is the exact same way we can act towards God. We come into his presence and babble and complain about the precious life He has given us. We think everyone else is the problem, when the real issue is us.
We like to think we have it all together and that we know everything. Thankfully we serve a God that is all knowing and is SO merciful.
In Luke 23:34 (NIV), Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Instead of holding our behavior over our heads, God chooses to love us, forgive us, and gently point us in the right direction.
You see, “Miss Know It All” and “Miss Has It All” really didn’t have it all or know it all. On the inside, just like all of us, she was a broken girl covering a life riddled with her own insecurities.
I don’t know about you, but that’s a person I can relate to, a person I can sympathize with.
People are hardly what they appear to be on the outside. We often put on a masquerade of what we want others to believe about us, and omit the parts in our lives we don’t want seen.
So, the next time your friend, acquaintance, co-worker, or spouse’s persona is screaming pride, know that they could just be broken inside – just like you, just like all of us.
Instead of being judgmental, simply choose to love them and extend grace to them as Christ has done for you.
“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love beats all things, believes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:3-7