Sunday, July 03, 2011

And of these Love is the greatest....

I've heard non-Christians talk about hate and how Christians are the worst. They've heard ungodly comments from imperfect Christians or have seen hate-filled protesters celebrating the death of a soldier or preaching hate for certain groups of people.

The Bible talks about love throughout - from Genesis to Revelation. In Luke 6:32 - 36 Jesus said, "If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return and your reward will be great, and you will the be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."

When the media sensationalizes the spread of hate by groups claiming to speak for God, that hate drives non-Christians away from local, Bible preaching churches and drives a wedge between them and loving Christians.

As Christians, we cannot control the media or hate-filled groups but we can spread the love of Jesus Christ. If we reach out to the lost with love, kindness and compassion, as Jesus did, we may find them more receptive to the gospel.

James 2:10 "For whoevere keeps the whole law but fails in one paint has become accountable for all of it."

The Bible also tells us that we have ALL fallen short. Only be the grace of God through Christ Jesus can we be saved. If as Christians, we have fallen short but through Jesus we are saved, should we not be that much more loving toward those who don't know Him?

After all, Jesus hung out with the tax collectors and the prostitutes. He reached out to them with love, not hate. If we, as His church, will stand up and follow Jesus by reaching out to the lost with love, compassion and kindness, we just might see a true revival in this country.

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