Yes, you read that right, ‘well intended ogres.’ I am not sure of the origin of this mythical, fairy tale creature, but the consensus is they are evil, bad, lovers of wealth, and terrible beings that break, devour, and wreak havoc wherever they go. They are self-focused, greedy, gluttons and will step on or eat anyone in their way. If you have seen the new movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey based on JRR Tolkien’s book, Bilbo Baggins and some dwarves encounter some nasty ogres and barley escape with their lives.
Ogres, though mythical, have been used to describe people who display ogre-like qualities; mean, self-seeking, stingy, materialistic, and willing to stepping on others that get in their way, create chaos, and pay no attention to what they destroy to get what they want. Yes true we all can be a little ogre-esk.
Now there is the creation of the lovable Shrek who is a gentler, green ogre that is clumsy with a mean-oger-notoriety and stigma, yet with many no-ogre qualities of love, compassion, kindness, etc. Shrek is not seen as the terrifying creatures of Tolkien, CS Lewis, or JK Rolling, giving way to the idea of a ‘well-intended ogre’ that as long as we are cute or not ogre-ish in our heart, we can act ogre-ly and be more of a well-intended ogre. Yet the Bible teaches something different.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
If you have come to the place in your life where you believe in Jesus as your Savior, then you have been given a new non-ogre life (read 2 Corinthians 5:17). In this new life we are to ‘clothe’ ourselves with no-ogre actions of love. See, there is no excuse for being mean, heartless, prideful, careless, or impatient…well intended or not. Colossians goes on:
Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
To bear with is to tolerate, put up with, or endure others, and to do this with a heart of forgiveness. It’s true that some people are irritating, obnoxious, difficult, and the list goes on. Yet God calls us to have His heart that is loving and kind and forgiving. Did God not forgive you? The answer is yes, and so we are to automatically forgive others. Oh it gets better, let’s read on…
Colossians 3:14-17 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Well intended or not, our actions should reflect Jesus, not ogres. So as you think over this past week, has that inner-ogre shown its ugly head in some of your actions? If so, seek to live out Colossians 3:12-17. If not, seek to live out Colossians 3:12-17.
Seeking to Live and Love like Jesus with you (and not be like an ogre),
P.S. Would you be willing to pray about something with me? Our church is doing great, growing in more people attending and people coming to know the Lord and people growing in their faith. We are excited about all that God is doing. So would you please pray God would keep us moving His way? As well, we have a number of great opportunities we would like to venture ahead with, yet our resources are very tight. So please pray God would not only lower our expenses, but bring in an increase to our finances. Thanks.