"For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same?" - Matthew 5:46-47
It's a strange word that you can't just say, but most show as well.
Jesus did that pretty well on the cross.
How are we Christians doing at being love to the people around us?
Yeah, I think we sometimes have the wrong idea. We Christians are saved, but that neither makes us any better or worse than anybody else. We merely accepted the free gift His merciful hand extended to us and now we're supposed to share that offer with others. Sometimes it's not just telling people about that gift, but showing it through your life.
If we would stop trying so hard to fix everybody and just love them we'd realize that as we love them toward Jesus, He is the One changing them and making them more like Himself.
The thing that makes Christianity different from every other religion is that we love our enemies. We don't kill them, we don't mess them up a bit, we don't try and convert them... we love them.
Jesus does the rest.
Sometimes we mess up. Sometimes our flesh gets in the way and sometimes we let it, but He is making us. He's moving us to love those that we think of as unlovable because we're beginning to see them through His eyes, and not our own.
I read a quote during my quiet time this morning,
"One of the most powerful evidences for the truth of the Christian faith is when we reach out to the outcast, the unlovely, the socially unacceptable - the Gomers. After all, God did that for each of us, didn't He?"
Let us love as He loves.
Who do you love? How do you love? If you only love those who love you and you are calling yourself a Christian, you might need a heart check. If your love doesn't look like His then it's time to evaluate who you're living for and like. Take some time and think on that today. Happy Monday!