I’ve been cold before, but what’s even worse than being in the freezing temperatures of a winter day is being in the presence of someone who’s giving me the cold shoulder.
Ouch. Talk about frostbite.
I think we’ve all experienced that uncomfortable moment when we’re in the presence of someone we are at odds with, we are in disagreement with, or we just don’t get along with. There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about it at all.
But just as the sun can come in and melt away icicles in the artic air, so can THE SON come in and melt away icicles in a person’s heart.
We can either put off the warm love of Christ, or cold winds of dislike—even hate. We have a choice.
God’s Word says that we are to love others. That’s not easy in our own strength, but with Christ, we can do all things because He strengthens us. (Phil 4:13)
How do we bring warmth to another person?
- Give others the benefit of the doubt.
- Forgive as we have been forgiven.
- Extend grace, for grace has been extended to us.
- Love others, as Christ loves them.
It’s not easy. Many times we would rather grab our coat, scarf, and mittens and run out the door. However, as Christ followers we need to be different. We need to set an example in front of others and do what Jesus would do.
I’ve never seen a picture of Jesus in a coat, hat, scarf, or mittens, but I would imagine He would remove them all and stay in a cold situation and bring the warmth of His love into the room.
What about you and me? Yes, I think we need to do the same as Jesus would do. So, where is the coat rack . . . I’m staying.