I’m made of the same stuff that everyone else on this planet is made of, and I’ve been hot-wired to treat people as they deserve to be treated. Scripture invites me to be gracious—even when I am wronged, but that doesn’t come naturally. So, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s impossible for ME to be gracious.
But over the years an extra-terrestrial concept has taken root in my heart that defies human logic and mimics a divine way of thinking that’s foreign to my natural self. It’s an “anyway” kind of thinking that sounds ridiculous but feels right. It goes like this. If someone treats me poorly, I should love them anyway! Or, if someone takes advantage of me, I should not retaliate, but respond with kindness and grace anyway—because, If I want to disrupt the cycle of evil and confuse the powers of darkness, I need to defy the natural order and embody the ethics of Jesus.
“In all His