We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1 John 4:19-21
Today, I am ready to discuss something that has always been heavy on my heart. It is something that goes against everything I have been taught and practiced in my life. I can guarantee that it is going to bother some people but I am ready for that.
We are called to love others as God has loved us, but do we really ever do that?
I know I am guilty of this as well.
I live on the Treasure Coast of the state of Florida which has the highest number of “never churched” people in the entire United States. I find myself often surrounded by non-believers in every part of my life and instead of actually showing them Christ’s love, I back away and just say that I’ll pray for them. I even said this same thing in a post I wrote for another blog before. Why should I get myself involved with them? They’re non-believers, they will just drag me down into their traps of deception. Right?
Wrong. So wrong.
I have always heard how we cannot surround ourselves with people who are not like minded. “Just pray for them, but do not keep them as friends.” Seriously?! Why do we as a Christ loving society consider this okay? Jesus would surround himself with non-believers, and people who loved God too, and love ALL of them. He positively affected them, and turned many of them into lovers of God or even faithful servants of Him.
If we consider ourselves lovers of Christ, why don’t we love ALL? Why don’t we reach a hand out in love for ALL? Why don’t we befriend ALL? Why don’t we become the bigger person and show non-believers that they are so loved that the one true God sent His son down to the earth to suffer and die on a cross for their sins? Staying true to our faith even when those some of those same people try to tell us otherwise? Why are we taking the easy way out when we are called to be BOLD?
I have fallen short of this call to boldness & love. But I know that each day is the chance for a change, and I am ready to change my mindset on this issue. Are you?