Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Love one another



A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 13:34-35

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

With all that is going on in the world, I can't help but think if Christianity is truly followed by all that say that they do, then why is there not more love in the world?  I get not accepting all, but we are commanded to love one another!  I don't accept the actions of say a rapist, but I can love them.

How you may ask can we do that?  Christ didn't say like everyone, but he did say love one another.  So, sometimes that is by just being kind to them, giving food, time, or money to help those in need, or it could be simply praying for them.

Me not loving everyone is like saying God doesn't, but yet He does.  He loved us so much that He gave Christ to die for us and Christ loved us so much that he willingly went to the cross for us.  I can't help but think if I don't love others, what will God think of me?

Love is easy when you realize that it don't mean you have to like everyone.  It is like this, I love my brother, but there are times I can't stand him.  I didn't just stop loving him, I just didn't like him or approve of his actions.

God doesn't see black, white, brown, orange, gay, bisexual, lesbian, poor, rich, etc like we do, those are labels that we put on people.  God just sees a child of His that He loves!

So why do we think because someone is different that we don't have to love them?  Again we are commanded to!  I am to love the person that raped me, the ones that stole all my things at one time, the guy who put a gun to my head, the ones that hurt me, I am to love everyone.  I just don't have to like them or accept their actions.

So if I can love those people, why can't you love those in your own life.  Just pray for them and wish for good in their life.  Don't mean they have to be in your life, liked by you, or their actions accepted.  Just love them.

If God loves the world, even those that do harm, whom am I to not follow the same?