I'm Supposed to Love These Jerks?



I read in the Bible that it says we're supposed to love. Sounds great in theory, but in practice?

That means the jerk in line ahead of me who can't make up his mind what he wants.

That means the jerk that cuts me off in traffic. And I hate being cut off in traffic.

That means the jerk that rubs me the wrong way and doesn't know his way around a toothbrush.

That jerk.

Those jerks. 

These jerks.


Truly, the gospel is for jerks. 

Like you.

Like me.

Like everybody.

There are jerks literally everywhere. At church. At the mall. At the grocery store. At the laundry mat. They've infiltrated every corner. 

Don't think you're a jerk? I guarantee you there is someone who thinks you are. Plenty of people think I am. And they're probably right.

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

I don't wear it proudly. It's just the truth. 

I don't say that being saved is a license to be a jerk, because it's not. It's the freedom to be forgiven when we are jerks, because we all slip up and fail from time to time. It's bound to happen. Saying that you can sin is kind of funny actually, because you will sin. The glory of God is that He forgives us, because He loves us, and because He is good. 

There was once a servant in scripture who was forgiven a large sum of money from his master who represents the Father. His fellow servant then owes him a trivial amount and he wants to beat and strangle him, and the Father is not pleased.

The fellow servant was a jerk. The servant the story is about was a jerk in kind. Maybe he even started it. Who knows? 

The moral? We are to forgive, because we have been forgiven. None are exempt. None are too good they don't need to be saved or are so bad they can't be saved.

None are so moral that they don't offend others. None are so pious that they are never offended. Yes, moral and pious people offend and are offended all the time. They are jerks.

Then there is this interesting passage where it says that you are to forgive your brother if he sins against you up to seventy times seven.

Seventy times seven? That's 490 times!


Seventy times seven. That's a lot of counting, but instead of doing that, I suggest we forgive and let things go. 

Because it is by our love that they will know we are Christians. That's what the song says. It's also what the Bible says. 

XOXO Written from one jerk to another. 




Loved your title. Just had to come see what you had to say!. And you have much truth here. O Lord help us to love.

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