Christianity is not simply going to church, clocking in on Sundays and reading the Bible in the morning. It isn’t knowing the Bible better than the next or being able to point out sin in other peoples lives.
True Christianity is something you live everyday. It is extending unearned grace and love, as it has been extended to you. It is forgiving even the unforgivable, before you feel like it when you don’t feel like it without knowing the extent or details of what it is you have forgiven. It is the bringing and protecting of peace into every situation and the honest desire for everyone to have that peace, not just those we think deserve it.
My heart is endlessly broken by some of the things I hear people speak over their lives, so many are so lost and hurt and broken and I just want to pick them up and have them hear the truth. However, knowing how to speak the right words is a hard thing. Understanding that, sadly, not everyone is ready to hear and heal and let go is a hard thing.
13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
So there it is, not all are going to be open and ready for your peace. It’s a strange and disturbing truth, especially for someone who has found it and realized the ease with which it comes when TRUTH replaces religion. What do you do if you encounter this? You take your peace back – you don’t stay and let them suck you into their despair or disharmony. You receive your peace back and you leave and you shake the dust off your feet – you don’t let even the DUST of those who will not accept and live in peace remain on your feet so you certainly don’t let it reside in your life!!! Knowing when to shake the dust off and move on is a hard thing. Harder when the people you are talking about are family or dear friends, but reality is that you can’t rescue someone who is drowning if you don’t know how to swim. So get out of their pit and learn to walk (swim) through this life as Jesus would, and you will have a better chance at helping those who need the help once you do!