From Psalm 63 MSG:
It’s time to shout praises! If I’m sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection. Because you’ve always stood up for me, I’m free to run and play. I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.
God stands up for us. We live in freedom because He holds us steady. It is because of this radical grace that we can reflect these same qualities to others.
Like it says in 1 Corinthians 13 MSG:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
We can’t see everything exactly as God sees it since we are only human, but we should strive to share the love and freedom and grace that God first gave us.