My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. —1 John 4:7-8 (Message)
The Christian world needs an attitude adjustment. I believe we are seriously heading in the wrong direction. It seems we are more reflective of the attitude of the world than we are of the Word of God.
I am constantly surprised when I hear hate expressed from a Christian—either in word or deed. I am not surprised by anything a non-Christian does because they do not propose to live by the dictates of the Bible—which is God’s written Word. But a professing Christian expressing hate toward another person, saved or not, is beyond belief!
As Believers, we must get rid of the ‘parrot’ mentality—to repeat or imitate without thought or understanding. This has become almost an epidemic for Christians because far too many of us depend on others (parent, pastor, priest, etc.), to tell us what God is saying; instead of reading the Bible, praying, and trusting God to lead us…believe me, He actually knows how to do it.
This is important because many of us do a better job of representing our job, school, family, or favorite sports team, than we do our God! Too often, the extent of our knowledge of God is limited to what we have heard from others. This is not an indictment against anyone you may trust where the Word of God is concerned, but it is to call attention to the responsibility we have to know God for ourselves.
Many have rendered themselves submitted to someone else’s opinion of God more than they have submitted to God Himself. This positions us to rely on feelings and theory—rather than truth! It is the belief in and submission to the Truth of God’s Word that gives us the power to be the light of God that this world needs to see! You know how you have to grope around in a dark room to find your way? This is how it is in this world when no light is shown.
In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.—Matthew 5:16 (GNT)
People think it is okay to be rebellious, revengeful, and hateful; what they don’t know is, it is against God’s Word to be so. My friends, if we behave like the world, what’s the difference between us and them? Any person on this earth should be able to look at a Believer and see a difference in their life and living. We have a responsibility to show the love and hope of God in our daily lives; this is the light that the world needs to see. There is plenty of preaching but are we being the living Word?
Far too many people can tell you about God’s judgment and not enough can tell you about His love. It is His love that allowed Jesus to die on the cross!
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.—1 John 9:11 (NLT)
Since our very existence is predicated upon God’s love for us, it would be appropriate for us to replicate that love towards others because the alternative is not so pretty. Love your neighbors, love your friends, love your enemies, show love to strangers. It has nothing to do with how we are treated or how we may feel because we are commanded to love.
“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”—John 13:34-35 (Message)
We have the obligation to live the scriptures more than what we have heard someone (anyone) say. Everything we do is a seed planted and we need to take heed of the type of seeds we are planting…whether they are the seeds of love or of discord and hate. The scripture declares: “Do not be fooled. You cannot fool God. A man will get back whatever he plants!”—Galatians 6:7 (NLV).
Our relationship with God is personal, not private, and should be reflective of His love for us. Therefore, allow the love of God coming from within us be what distinguishes us from the world-at-large.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- The Golden Rule (christianitymatters.com)
- Can we resist God’s love? (johnmeunier.wordpress.com)
- Ordinary Christian thoughts (billiam51.wordpress.com)
- Christian Bible Verses Offering Words of Encouragement in Hard Times (christianity.answers.com)
- Novena to God’s Love (dearlydei.wordpress.com)