It’s no secret that love is extremely important in the life of a Christian. We have Jesus telling us that we should love our enemies (Mat 5:44), love our neighbors (Mark 12:30), and love one another (John 13:35). Paul even says that the greatest fruit of the spirit is love (1 Cor 13:13) to the point where he says that we are nothing without love. A Christian’s life has to be marked by love, yet so often the world knows us not by how we love but how we hate. If you type “Why are Christians” into Google, it offers up these autocomplete results: judgmental, mean, rude, unhappy, and unkind. For people who should be known by our love for others, the world sure seems to recognize us by our hate instead. Jesus certainly doesn’t want this. We should always strive to love others, no matter what. Romans 5:6-8 says “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God had absolutely no reason at all to love us. In fact, He had every reason to hate us, yet Christ still came and died for us. This is the greatest love that we can experience, and it is that love that Christ wants us to show to others. So often we get wrapped up in other people’s sin that we use that as an excuse not to love them, yet God didn’t use that as a reason to not love us. I can’t love a drug addict, an unwed mother, a convict, a Muslim, an illegal immigrant, etc. Truly we have absolutely no reason to avoid loving others, no matter what they have done. During this fast I’ve been reflecting on how others may see Christ through me. Do they see His love for me in the way I love others, or do they see a judgmental, unkind, unhappy Christian? I think we could all focus more on loving others and less on finding reasons we shouldn’t, because ultimately, we don’t have one.
Children’s & Technology Pastor