In between errands and meetings today I stopped quickly at a drive thru for something to drink. (A sweet tea of course because we are in the SOUTH!) As I paid and received my drink, the person at the drive thru said “thank you” and proceeded to shut the window. I quickly responded, “Can I please get a straw?” As I drove away I thought about how important that straw was to me not spilling my drink all over me. Oh my!
If we are being honest, I also thought “how could he forget the straw when all I ordered was a drink!” And, all the sudden I realized…
This is what we do with Love.
We go about our life. Living, helping, giving, and serving. But, a lot of times we forget to include love. And that’s the most important part!
Ever since I’ve started working with organizations fighting trafficking, bringing awareness and showing God’s love to victims/ survivors, I can’t believe how this can actually be happening in our world today. I’ve been involved with fighting trafficking a little over 3 years now and I’m still overwhelmed with all of it, but thankful I get to be part of loving those who have been rescued and affected.
BUT….what about loving those who are causing it? YIKES!
What about loving the trafficker?
What about loving the “John”?
Our immediate reaction is, “absolutely not!” And, please understand, I am not talking about “acceptance” here. It doesn’t make it right. But, if we choose to love who we want to love, are we really loving the way Jesus has called us to?
What if the trafficker was your dad, husband, brother, or friend? Would you stop loving them?
What does loving them look like?
Don’t bash them on social media.
Don’t send hate vibes their way.
PRAY for them.
I had the opportunity to watch a documentary a while ago about a trafficker who has completely turned his life around. He now has a relationship with Jesus and is involved with PROTECTING children from sex trafficking. Of course this took him paying his time for his crime, and A LOT OF WORK through the years, but it’s such a great story to see how God can use someone’s past to save someone else’s future.
What if someone hadn’t loved this trafficker enough to pray for him?
Don’t forget Love. It’s the most important part.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”