DISCLAIMER: This message was written with LOVE for Jesus and LOVE for all people including LOVE for the manager! This was a very hard message for me to write, but I felt strongly led by the Lord to write it because of the message about LOVE it bears!
I was walking through the front area of a business with paralyzed ministry dog Miss Mercy in her wheelchair along with special needs ministry dog Grace when suddenly the manager from behind the front desk started verbally attacking me for no reason whatsoever. The manager was so loud and aggressive any and all could have heard and there were several witnesses.
While I tried to politely and respectfully respond, the manager’s verbal assault only grew worse until the tirade was out of control. I had to leave the premises with my dogs for a few minutes to get away from the vicious tornado of a tirade and return in such a way I would not cross paths with the manager given the extremity and enormity of the verbal attack.
Truth is numerous others including the manager’s staff and other so-called paying customers like myself had experienced the same treatment over an extensive period of time.
The manager’s actions took quite a significant toll on me and my life and ministry in a way I will not get into, but the Lord Jesus Christ gave me the grace to forgive and pray for the person.
This experience to me brought to light a three-fold tragedy in our world today.
First, God’s greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and to love one another, and this world is falling terribly far short with this right now.
Second, nobody in a position of authority stepped forward over the course of time to my knowledge anyway to stop more people from being treated as I was.
Third, the manager who lashed out so fierily at me showed no remorse and never bothered to apologize.
I readily confess I have my own history of ugly sin. I praise God almighty He has taught me over time to repent before Him when I do wrong, to apologize to others when I hurt them, and to learn to live in obedience to Jesus whereby daily I aspire to love the Lord with all my heart and to love others with His love.
I have forgiven and prayed for the manager whom I genuinely love and care about with the love of Jesus.
It is my hope for the person and for this whole wide world that we will all humble ourselves before God almighty, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, and choose to live in a manner pleasing, honoring, and glorifying to God and loving to others!
We cannot control what others in this world do, but we have an opportunity each and every day to humbly and wholly live totally devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ! Oh, let us do so! Amen!
““AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”” Mark 12:30-31 NKJV
“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12 NKJV
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NKJV