The Lord has given us His love freely, even to the point of sacrificing His own Son to ensure that we are always able to walk with Him in love and repentance. Just as the Lord loves us, He wants us to love others. We have to live daily with so many other brothers and sisters of God, that we often take for granted that they are also special in the Lord’s eyes. Strangers are important to God, just as much as you are.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 (ESV).
Today, in an uncertain world, the one thing that we can depend upon is the Lord. We can listen to His commandments and treat others with love. In fact, the Lord commands us to.
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 (ESV).
It is God’s job to judge others, not ours. Our job is to love others regardless of what sins they may carry. Do we also accept their sins and say nothing? No. To do so would be to be counted guilty of committing those same sins. We are all guilty of sin and falling short. We are still loved by our Heavenly Father. It is the same with those who are also falling short of the mark. Let your heart be opened to love others the way that Jesus would love them. Love should be proven by actions, not just by words. Just as faith without works is dead, lip service love is also dead.
Let us, then, as a Christian family learn to have compassionate long-suffering for our neighbors and strangers, even for those that annoy us. A family always has those members, and so does the family of God. Prove that your heart is in alignment with Jesus’ by offering love to everyone you meet and know, regardless of their sins or other differences. We win more to God with honey than vinegar, remembering only God is the judge of hearts.