We MUST get this right! We know we are called to this, but it’s another thing, entirely, to DO this! We must LOVE! Love our families. Love our church. Love our coworkers. Love our enemies. Love those we disagree with. Love the rude. Love the proud. Love the arrogant. Love those that are flat out wrong! Love those who believe in living in sins that break our Father’s heart! Love them. Not agree with them, or validate their untruths, or become like them in order to gain trust... just love them. Treat them with kindness and respect. Speak to them in truth and love whether they want to hear it or not. Be there for them in their times of need. Share what you have with them. .
Why? Not because I’m “better” than anyone, because any merit in me is because of Christ... not because it makes me look good or “Christianity” look good, though it is important to carry the name of Christ well... but I need to love them because they ALL bear the image of God! ALL of them. And we must love them as we love ourselves, as fellow image bearers.
Again, we know this, but I want to be better at practicing this. I want to not just know, and act like it with my deeds, I want to know and do it with my heart! .
Who do you need to start loving? How can you do that in a way that honors God? .