Stare at Him Not Them
Have you ever had one of those moments when someone phrases something a little bit off, and your brain starts to race and wonder why they would say such a thing, and worry about what they really meant?
If you're good at it, you can come up with some really extravagant things, tapping into misguided fears and distorted impressions of people's unintentional facial expressions.
It's a lot of fun if you're good at it. (I hope you were able to detect my attempt at using satire)
Many of us have been there, it's an uncomfortable moment, and our imagination can get the better of us.
I have some great news for you, it doesn't have to be this way.
In 1 John 4:7 it says, "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."
You and I are not bound, defined, entrapped or limited by anyone else's viewpoints or opinions. Even if that glance that you've allowed to travel further in your mind than you should have is completely true, it doesn't change anything about reality.
Not only are you still loved, even if someone else dismisses or does not approve of you, you are commanded to love them in return. Not with your own love, not through your gritted teeth and by your own effort, but with the love of God.
His love for you is greater than their thoughts or words, His love for you is greater than your insecurities and fears.
This is the beautiful thing about the love of God. His love takes a weak moment and turns it into something beautiful, He returns back to it, an investment of love.
Friends, God's love is enough. Enough to destroy our out of control thoughts, enough to overcome criticizing accusations, and enough to pay back an attack with a gift of love.
Let's stare at Him in those moments, allowing His love to guide our thoughts, allowing His love to fill us with something worth dwelling on, allowing His love to fill us with a response worth speaking out.