Gilbert K. Chesterson was an English writer, poet, journalist, and theologian born in 1874. He is known to have written over 4,000 essays during his sixty-two years of living, along with multiple books and short stories.
Sometimes, it’s hard to love the unlovely. Sometimes, it seems impossible. “Why should we love someone who is so rude and impolite, anyway? Why don’t we give them what they deserve and be rude right back? Maybe it would teach them not to be rude anymore.” Umm, probably not. Here’s that good ‘ole saying, two wrongs don’t make a right. So what do you do when you encounter an unlovely person?
Last weekend, I was at a large event that involved taking a shuttle bus to and from our car which was parked in a cow field half a mile away from the event. At the end of the day, we got in line for the bus and waited for twenty minutes for it to arrive. After the people in front of us got on the bus, the driver told us that there were only five seats left, and there were six people in my group, one too many for the bus. The driver wouldn’t let one of us stand or share a seat, he wouldn’t let us on. He began auctioning the five seats off to the people behind us. “Five seats? Anybody for five?” He suddenly changed it to six seats left on the bus. “Six seats!” He called. Just as he said that, the people behind us jumped in front of us and into the bus. After seeing this, we asked the driver why he wouldn’t let us on the bus in the first place. He looked straight at us, closed the door, and off went the bus, leaving us to walk the half mile in the dark to our car.
I was certainly mad that night. How could someone do something like that and think it was ok? It took me a whole day to stop being angry at the bus man. It got me thinking about loving the unlovely.
I’m sure you’ve all had an experience similar to mine, where you had to deal with an unlovely person. It’s easy to love the lovely, but hard to love the difficult, that’s a fact, and it’s probably true that the unlovely are the ones who need the most love! The question is, what are we supposed to do in these situations? Here are two Bible verses that will answer that question.
Luke 6:27-28 says, “But I say unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” KJV
Proverbs 15: 1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” KJV
Have you ever been in the same kind of situation?
How do you treat unlovely people?
What do you think about the two verses?