Life events can shift us into an emotional storm, causing us to feel the anxiety of the aftermath.
It is when anger hits like a tornado, tears fall like scattered showers, outrage drowns like a hurricane and mental shock has the same effects as a bolt of lightning touching the brain.
Are these emotions normal? Are they justified? Are they manageable?
Yes. Yes. And yes!
But before there can be a resolution, there must be an awareness and confession of the real problem. One’s emotions cannot be ignored or rushed through in order to reach a quick solution. If so, the emotions will be recurrent and the reason behind the emotions will not be managed by the one affected.
Humanity often cruelly reminds us that we live in a society where good people are intentionally hurt, kindness is not appreciated and love is the recipient of hatred.
How do we deal with the hard truths of life?
Accept that people are hurting. Accept that people are flawed. Accept that evil does exist.
This does not mean that we are obligated to subject ourselves to other people’s unhealthy environments. But we should reach an understanding about life that teaches us everyone must go through their own cycle to obtain growth, knowledge and wisdom. Everyone experiences seasons in life. And believe it or not, there is a season for everything.
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven…a time to love and a time to hate” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,8a, NLT).
Love is the greatest gift, the greatest emotion; however, hatred does have its time.
Think about someone that you love, something you value or a cause that matters to you. If any of these elements were endangered or disrespected by someone, how would that make you feel?
You see, there really is a “thin line between love and hate”.
But you know what else? In order for love to win, hate has to reside. For example, you must hate evil to be able to embrace love. Expounding further, you must despise the things that do not align with your values to the point it causes you to corrective action.
Hate can be displaced. After all, there is a season and a time for it. It does not or should not cause a violent response to its opposition.
Love “does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out” (1 Cor. 13:6).
Love will always win. For we know that “love will last forever” (8c).
As we all continue to live through the cycles of life, let us be mindful that there is a season and time for everything. And if we exercise patience with others while exercising love, we will help others to transition on love’s side and make a positive impact.
Let Love run its course!