Tonight I got to play indoor soccer with some guys from church. There are 2 teams made up of church guys: Destiny FC and Jesus Lives. Tonight also happened to be the night that they played each other.
Now Destiny FC were down a couple players, and I thought I’d ask them if they would like me to play for them, to which I got a “thanks, but no thanks”. Jesus Lives were also down a man, but didn’t really need to make up the player as they’re already performing well on the ladder, but I thought I’d ask anyways, and they said “yes, we don’t need you, Destiny needs you more, but we’ll have you anyways”.
When I was thinking through how to play, one thought kept on creeping into my head: “do I play rougher/tougher out of spite towards Destiny FC because they rejected my offer to play?”
The answer was always no, I should play fairly and gently, but the temptation was always there and the thought continually popped into my head with any opportunity, however, something I’d read and discussed yesterday kept me from this path of malice: 1 Thessalonians 2, part of which says we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share not only the Gospel but also of our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. and also You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God…
These verses are quite a big rebuke to me. It’s not often that I arc up or fight people about, however I find that I go through the motions more often than not in my mind, I plan ways or routes of attack on people, but I don’t carry them out.
It’s something I need to stop doing with the help of God and actively do so as well….