Why Do I Need To Show Love?
A couple of days ago I decided I needed to get out of my daily routine of cleaning, cooking, washing etc. and do something different. I live in an area where we've been hit with the snow, ice and cold constantly since winter started. So I decided to get a pedicure and take my mother-in-law along with me. We have visited several salons in our area over the past 19 years and haven't been very successful in finding the salon that we really like. So we agreed on trying out a new salon.
We walked in and was able to be seated right away. When the technicians came out I noticed that one of them was an enemy of mine. We had fallen out of the friendship a few years ago and I had decided after all of the rumors she put out about me, including trying to sabotage my marriage I was going to beat her up the next time I seen her face to face. (I know that's not christian like).
Can you imagine the horror on my face when I realized she was going to be doing my pedicure! My thoughts were that I needed to confront her, beat her up, ask for a different technician or leave. But surprisingly I did the opposite.
Lately I have been reading scriptures and a book on showing love to others. I don't think it was a mere coincidence that now I was being tested on showing love. I prayed, and I prayed hard Jesus help me to show love because I absolutely can't stand this woman, let alone her touching any part of my body! The only contact I wanted to make was my fist going into her face! (I know that's not christian like).
By the time I walked over to the booth she greeted me and she realized it was me and gave me a hug and I hugged her back! So I proceeded to be nice to her during the time she was doing my pedicure by flooding her with compliments on how good her hair, nails, family etc.looked and what a great job she did on making my toes look beautiful.
Once everything was completed I ended it by showing more love I gave her a BIG nice tip (gratuity).
When we left my mother-in-law was just in awe that the technician and I were not friends at all but were known enemies. I have to say I have never felt so good in my life about not doing what my mind(or flesh) says I should do but finally listening to my heart which has been filled with the love of God and do the hard thing!
No! we are still not friends and I don't plan on returning to that particular salon. But what I do know is, I did a work today that surpasses all understanding of LOVE!!! Jesus said, "We should LOVE our enemies" and HE SURE tested me today on it.
What do you guys think? What would you do in this situation?