The human race is in a downward spiral these days. Look at what is happening around us; terrorist attacks, shootings, suicide, murder, division on political views, disagreements on moral standards, racism, etc. All of these things are becoming part of life. It is so sad that future generations of people will see this as the norm. The human race is full of hate and hurt; we as Christians are often right there with the rest of the world.
As followers of Christ, what can we do about this? I can tell you that the #1 thing that the world needs from us right now is LOVE. Love is the message the world needs right now. Instead of us joining in on the hatred and division that the world is expressing, we need to focus on loving it.
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God has asked us as Christian’s to love people for who they are, not for what they do. Let that sink in for a moment! What does that really mean? In my life, God is saying that I need to love people because God made them in His image and Jesus came and died for them; regardless of their lifestyles, actions and beliefs.
Loving people for who they are is the way that Jesus loves us all. He showed that love while He was living on this earth. Time and time again throughout the bible we see examples of Jesus loving people in this way. The actions of a person did not matter to Jesus when it came to loving them. All that mattered was the fact that God created them. Loving people unconditionally is the example that Jesus set for each of us to follow. 1 John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.”
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Loving people unconditionally is not something that comes natural, it’s a choice. You have to choose to love the people in your life that are difficult to love. I encourage you to make a conscious effort to love even the most difficult people in your life. No matter what they believe, no matter what political party they follow, now matter the lifestyle they decide to live; simply love them, because Jesus does.
As Christians we are called to live like Jesus; unconditional love is what we need to show the world.
Jesus willingly died on the cross so that we would be saved. Jesus did this regardless of all the wrong that we do in our lives, regardless of our political views or lifestyle choices. Even if we decided to never follow Him, Jesus still saw each of us as worth dying for. That is unconditional love! Every believer is called to love others in the same way that Jesus loved each of us.
The world is in turmoil right now… What we can do to help as Christians is step it up in the area of loving others! This starts with loving your neighbor; the one who may be living a lifestyle that you do not agree with, or that has different political views. It is up to us to help make this world a better place, and it all starts with love!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, love always perseveres. Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8