Love > Spite

Last night I was talking to one of my dear friends and she said this, "love is always better than spite."

Love is better than spite.

When she said this, it hit me like a ton of bricks. And I know yall are like, "duh, Cullen. Love is always better than spite. Why would I ever choose hate over love?"

But we do it all the time. And you want to know why? It's easier. It's easier to be angry than to show love, especially in the midst of an argument. We want to be right and we want the person who hurt to to know and we want them to feel the pain they've caused. So we stretch the truth, we call them name, we use our words to tear down inside of build up. And sure, sometimes, they need to hear the truth, but the truth CAN be spoken in love, it's hard to believe right?

But Ephesians 4:15 says, "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are able to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ."

Choose love. Choose to let those around you bask in your love, not your anger, because let's be honest, who likes to be around someone who is angry all the time? Both love and anger draw attention to yourself, but why not choose the better attention? Why not have people know you for the girl/guy who chooses to love despite the circumstances and despite who's hurt her/him?

But put aside what others think of you, and think of Jesus. By showing love, we are able to become more and more like Jesus. Jesus was, and is love. If dying for crimes you didn't commit isn't love, then I'm not sure what is. By letting love come into every aspect of our lives, we become more and more like Christ. How amazing is that?!

So I challenge you to love this week. I challenge to you encourage and build up your friends this week instead of tearing them down, even if it's all fun and games. And of course, you won't be perfect, but just changing a little each day makes a HUGE difference weeks and months and years from now. Today is the day!

With love,