For the love of God. Where is the love of God in the world today? Is love reserved only for our family members? Should we only love those who we agree with, or only people who look like us, or act like us? Should we only love those who commit sins we can relate to? Is a certain sin worse than another just because we have never committed that one before?
We all need to ask ourselves these questions, and ask Jesus to change our hearts of stone into hearts that overflow with love for every person on the planet; No matter what religion they practice, no matter their social status, no matter the color of their skin, no matter how they may treat us, and no matter what degree of sinner they may be.
We don’t have to agree on everything to love each other. We don’t have to look alike to love each other. God made us all, and God loves us ALL, and he commands us to love each other. Look what Jesus said in the book of John.
12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
He also said we are to love our enemies.
27 But I say unto you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,…
Brother Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Love is the only thing that can turn an enemy into a friend.” How can love do that? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 answers that question.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, and is kind; love is not jealous; love does not boast, is not prideful,
5 Love does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;
6 Love does not rejoice in sin, but rejoices in the truth;
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails:
That’s a beautiful truth. “Love never fails.” Love is the answer. It always has been, it always will be, but a love that “covers a multitude of sins” is hard for humans to grasp (1 Peter 4:8). In the same way that disagreement doesn’t equal hate, loving everybody doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything. That’s where people are confused. True love is balanced, and it can only exist in our hearts if the God of Love puts it there.
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