Today’s post is going to help someone in the area of personal relationships!
First, a personal story….
As a pastor I was faced with an issue that I had to deal with! I knew that it could be misunderstood and painful… but I had to deal with it! I prayerfully sought the Lord for guidance. Sure enough, regardless of how I tried to minimize the impact and pain and sought to communicate my concern and care, it was going to be misunderstood! The next time I saw the offending party… sure enough, an “ice-cube!”
What to do? I sought the Lord for a way to resolve and heal the relationship… Here’s what He dropped in my heart…
“LOVE MELTS ICE!”
So every time I saw the person, regardless of the frigid feelings I would encounter I would communicate warm and caring love. In fact, I would go out of my way to seek them out and share warmth and acceptance. I’d never miss a birthday, anniversary, special occasion or any other opportunity to let them know they were loved and appreciated.
Over time it worked! I am happy to report they laid aside their defenses, became a dear friend, and even returned warmth, appreciation, and love!
You do know that this secret – this principle – is found in the Bible, don’t you? It’s found in several places – Here’s one…
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them… Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all… Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God…. So if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drunk; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not overcome by evil but overcome evil with good!” (From Romans 12:14-21 ESV)
One more time here’s the “secret” God dropped in my heart: “LOVE MELTS ICE!”