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J8- The Good, the Bad, and the Random

Reflection time!

With the first quarter of the school year coming to a close, I realize just how much I love this class and will miss it when the other three quarters have transpired. I can honestly say that it saddens me to think of it all coming to an end; thankfully, I still have plenty of time to enjoy it. My assignments have taught me a lot about myself and my abilities as a writer. My classmates have taught me that variety is a good thing, as I learn to appreciate each person’s perspective and style of writing. Through the beginning of this semester and an English class with her last year, Ms. Gaines has taught me more than proper punctuation and the elimination of BE verbs (neither of which I have fully mastered); she has also been a mentor, a friend, and the personification of patience. As an occasionally rambunctious student myself, I can certainly attest to the last one.

I find it hard to say whether I have any clear favorites or least favorites of my assignments so far; for the most part they have all been enjoyable yet challenging in their own way. However, J7- To Love or Not to Love, an exploration of a chosen Bible verse, proved incredibly difficult for me personally to write. I chose the Galatians passage due to some things in my life that it spoke to, but I found myself in over my head with trying to express my feelings. Not being an emotionally open person by nature, I struggled to write the words that needed to come, and I think I may have broken a sweat. I still feel that I did not adequately express my thoughts and experiences connected to those verses.

One of the easiest and most fun assignments to write was this week’s creative assignment, the free-write. CW8- A World Awaits: Part 1 came easily because I always have a few random story ideas floating around in my head, and that particular one had been with me for a while (still is, since that was only Part 1).   I found great joy in finally having the motivation to put the wild story to paper.

What has the first quarter produced for me? Nothing horrible, but nothing worth noting, either.  But hopefully, as the year progresses, I’ll become a decent enough writer through old and new inspirations, observance of critique, and a good attitude. And perhaps some unexpected randomness, too. Speaking of which, I’m suddenly in the mood for M&M’s…


J7-To Love or Not To Love

Confession time: this Journal entry was very difficult to write. By nature, i’m not the sort of person who enjoys or is usually comfortable with talking about personal matters; but here it is. i would appreciate any helpful comments concerning whether my point came across clearly; of course, you may not get why it’s such a big deal to me, and that’s totally fine. But i hope that my general sentiment is discernible. =)

One set of verses that has proven meaningful to me over the past months is Galatians 5:13-15: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” (NIV)

I think that last part is especially poignant; often times Christians will attack their brothers and sisters in Christ because of differing opinions on theological issues. If a person has beliefs contrary to the orthodox stance, other Christians will suggest that the “heretic” is not even saved, though they cannot know his heart. Denominations in the church can be especially guilty of going after each other’s throats, determined to prove that their stance is the correct one, while that of the other denomination must be unbiblical. These actions do not represent Christ-like love, and they tear down the people involved, causing pain, church splits, and confusion.

The problem of condemnation amongst believers can also apply to areas of personal standards. Many times I have witnessed situations where one believer is living in the freedom mentioned in the above verses, while fellow Christians judge and condemn that person for his or her choices.  Sometimes I have been on the receiving end of that judgment; although it has been mild compared to many others, it is still one of the most destructive things that has happened to me.

We find, however, a resolution in the simple but profound command to love others. If a brother or sister in Christ has different standards on modesty, or drinking, or music, we must love. When we encounter someone who views a theological topic with an opposing perspective, we must love. If a believer is living in actual sin, it is not our place to pass judgment; even then, we are called to love. John 13:34-35, “A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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