“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Matthew 5:44
Can I be the one to say, it is sure hard to love people sometimes. I am such a spaz when it comes to driving. Every time I get on the road, I feel like everyone kind of is in their own world. It gets under my skin when someone cuts me off, doesn’t use their blinker, or makes a U-Turn in the wrong zone. I usually yell, steam could come out of my ears! I always, always have to have Christian music on when I drive because Jesus needs to be extra close to me while I’m behind the wheel. It’s in these moments that I get so consumed with myself and forget everyone has their own kind of problems going on. Sally could be going 5 under because she just had surgery for the second time this year. John could have meanly cut me off because if he is late again he’s going to be let go, and if that happens he will have to figure out a way to make a certain income to support his family due to his wife dying of cancer. You see, this world is not a cookie cutter kind of place. There are broken people everywhere. We are going to deal with the rawest of people, but that’s when our key verse comes into action: ““But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Matthew 5:44.
Encouraging difficult people: “He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.” Titus 1:9
I want you to understand that this verse isn’t just for people who don’t know Jesus, this is for believers as well. I have been seeing lately many followers of Christ not really showing the colors they should be. I have seen on social media people sharing posts on how awesome God is and how we need to be more like Him, but when it comes to the real world, no one bats an eye to the lost ones. No shows compassion to followers who have gone off track. I know I have veered off at times and when I needed comfort, I received judgement instead. Can you relate? We need to show love to everyone. What good is it to reject others, when that is rejecting Christ?
Our works for Christ is from Him, NOT US: “If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
Another thing to think about, and this came to my heart today, is that the only reason we follow Christ, the only reason why we pray, do good, and most importantly love is because Jesus did it first. We do all of this because we are lead by example. If it weren’t for Christ we would be the lost, evil people we really are because of sin. That’s why this verse is so important because it doesn’t matter how many people we bring to church, how big our offerings are, if we don’t love everyone, lost or saved, we are NOTHING!
I know this post is so blunt, but I’m so tired of us fighting. I’m tired of us holding resentment, judging each other. WE ARE TOLD TO LOVE EVERYONE. WE ARE CALLED TO BE A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS.
This week, please reflect on your heart. Are you showing love the way God does, or the way you want to? Our time here is spent only to serve God. We are slaves of righteous, not sin. Love others more than yourself.