Prior to deciding to no longer post on my blog I was lazy, writing just for the sake of writing when I had nothing to say worth reading. But I think I’m past that. I’m not saying I will write often, but it is what I love. Sometimes I need an outlet to speak my mind. About a year ago this was that outlet, so I plan to give it another try.
Today in church the pastor preached about love, about the love of the Lord and how it is not limited to any one person. Someone can be an adulterer, thief, liar, cheat but God still looks down on them with love. A parent does not turn their back on a child because they have made a mistake, cheated in school, lied about brushing their teeth or even taken another person’s life. But somewhere along the way most of us have forgotten this. People no longer look at each other with love but instead turn their backs on those who need love the most. The Lord never turns his back on His children, and His children should never turn their backs on each other.
I’m not here to preach to anyone. Just take a moment to think.
What was the last time you showed someone love and compassion without receiving anything in return? When was the last time you showed love and compassion to a complete stranger?
If the Bible you study, sent to you by the God you love and worship, tells you that all sins are equal in His eyes, why do you show such hate to those who do things you do not agree with? If you are walking down the street and two men are trying to talk to you about the exact some thing, are you going to listen to the one who is nice, kind and welcomes you with open arms? Or are you going to listen to the man who is screaming, telling you that you are no good, that you have no purpose in this world? The moment the followers of the Lord begin to show hatred towards others, that is the moment Satan wins this fight.
The Lord did not put us on this earth to judge others, to make them feel like they will never be good enough for the love and mercy of God. He put us here to love the hell out of people, literally. We are meant to show love and compassion and welcome all into our lives and into our hearts.
Yes, you may volunteer, go on mission trips or put collect presents around Christmas time, but what about when a homeless man approaches you on the street? Do you show him the same love you show yourself, or do you pretend not to see him and walk away?
I am by no means saying I am perfect. Every day I find myself judging others, looking down on someone because they are not exactly like me. But the first step to fixing a problem is acknowledging the problem.
1 Peter 4:8-10
“(8) Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (9) Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (10) Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (NIV)