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Love and family. Are we naive chumps or rude jerks????

April 8, 2007

This week at Church BK talked about the parable of the man and his vineyard. The story basically is: This guy buys some land, turns it into a vineyard and then must move away. He then finds a few tenants to tend to the land. Later he sends a servant back to get what he is owed. The tenants beat him up and send him home empty handed. This happens two more times. Then the man sends his son. He says “surely they will respect my son.” Nope! Then the man goes back and kills all the tenants and finds new tenants.

BK likened this to Jesus as the son and the other servants sent as the prophets and the like. BK asked if we saw something like this today if we would call the owner naive to send three servants and then his son when each was treated worst than the previous. BK said that this may be how God may act, and how we should too. If you look at 1 Cor. 13 many qualities of love may explain this “naive” attitude to the tenants.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

We are called to “love” everyone. So we should be patient, kind, hope, trust, protect and not be self-seeking, easily angered and not keep a record of wrongs. We should believe and trust those we are to love. We shouldn’t judge them, put give them the benefit of the doubt.

This is great in a parable, but can we live it out??? Also, I have noticed I have a harder time treating those closest to in this way, especially family. Why do we treat the one we say we love the most the worst?? Am I a jerk to my wife and more loving to the guys at the office? Do others see us act like jerks to the ones we love and love acquaintances and think that is weird???

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