Love Does 28

Thursday, May 28
Chapter 28: Skin in the Game
(pg 128)

Quote of the Day:

“I want to pick a fight because I want someone else’s suffering to matter more to me. I want to slug it out where I can make a meaningful difference. God says He wants us to battle injustice, to look out for orphans and widows, to give sacrificially. And anyone who gets distracted with the minutiae of this point or that opinion  is tagging out of the real skirmish. God wants us to get some skin in the game and to help make a tangible difference.” – Love Does by Bob Goff, pg 195

Scripture Reference:

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 The Message
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Putting Love into Action:

Give sacrificially  – What does that mean to you? Has the suffering of someone else mattered to you lately? Have you become immune to the suffering to others? Take off any blinders this week and watch for the opportunity to make a real difference. Call out injustice and get some skin in the game. Like Bob said, it’s messy, it’s time consuming, it’s painful and it’s costly. But it’s also exactly what Jesus did for us and asked us to do for others.

Question/Discussion:

Have you ever picked a fight with anyone? Been the one being bullied and had a friend come to your side? Stood up for someone else when they couldn’t stand up for themselves? Tell us about it!

Post your comments below for today’s question/discussion. I can’t wait to hear your answers!

~Starr

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5 thoughts on “Love Does 28

  1. It was the 6th grade at Wadesboro Middle School. I was being bullied by a guy in my class and everyday he decided to pick on me at lunch time – he even tripped me a few times and such. The teachers never saw it and he was a pretty popular sportsy kinda guy. I was the not so popular awkward pre-teen girl that had size 10 shoes and bangs. For whatever reason, I had a hard time standing up for myself in this situation. I went home and told mom and dad what was happening. Oh goodness. Dad showed up at school the next day and before I knew it he was standing in front of my social studies class lecturing every kid in there about picking on his daughter – NOT WHAT I REALLY WANTED TO HAPPEN!!! Dad was a teacher at the school, so this was able to happen. The Principal wasn’t too happy with him, though. Looking back, I see my dad who wanted to protect me and make sure that everyone in that classroom knew how passionate he was about that. I’m thankful that he stood up for me. I’m thankful that he cared enough to come take a stand when I couldn’t do that myself. And we all still get a laugh about the day dad showed up at school ha!

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  2. I can’t say that I was ever bullied at school but there have been some situations at work where a person decided it was their life mission to make my life miserable, even telling lies about me. There was one particular person who made some pretty serious allegations against me. Throughout this season, I kept treating her with respect, speaking to her every day and not doing anything different than before. A long time after, she came to me to apologize for her lies. Even more assuring was that she told me that she noticed that I never treated her any differently, even when I knew she was lying about me. God is able to give us grace to treat others as Christ would, even when others don’t deserve it. I’m glad others also overlook my shortcomings and love me anyway! I’m glad God forgives me when I make mistakes too. Thank God for his forgiveness!

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    1. That is one quality that God has absolutely gifted you with – the ability to be the same no matter what. I have always admired that about you and watched you stand in the midst of storms with humility, honesty and respect. I’m so glad you’re my mom and that God has taught me so much through you!

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  3. Kind of a long story but the girlfriend of my nieces dad was bullying my mom and me and of course the ones who got the raw end of the deal was those precious girls. “Ursula” (as I call her 🙂 wouldn’t let us see them at all. Totally not fair because they adore us and we adore the girls. So we prayed for a heart change. I sent her flowers and thanked her for whatshe was doing for them. (Even if it excluded us – she was providing a roof and food!). And you know what? She caved! She softened right up and we were back to being able to see them whenever we want!! Smothering her with the love of Jesus is what she needed!!

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    1. I love that phrase – smothering them with the love of Jesus! Going above and beyond to love on someone that is hurting you is absolutely an example of giving sacrificially. God honors our hearts when we take the time to stop and do things we aren’t required to do in helping others. Love this example!

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