We are loved – loved by God. More deeply loved than we understand and if we lose sight of how much we are loved by God all we need to do is get a fresh glimpse of the cross. There we find how much ‘God loved the world’ (John 3:16) and each person in the world. He did not pick a certain color of skin to love or a certain part of the globe – He picked you and your neighbor and the guy half way around the world and the lady the other way around the world.
Point is: God loves people – all people and so should we!
We cannot pick and chose who to love and we cannot run from people who are not like us. People who were nothing like Jesus liked Jesus. Jesus modeled for us that it is proper to break the molds set down by culture or by our parents or grandparents. He cared about women and spoke to them in public and yet that was forbidden in his day, He cared about Samaritans and He was a Jew and that to was forbidden in his day. He went to lepers and heard their cry and that was another mold that he broke.
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. – Acts 10:38
Now one may respond with the fact that Jesus was with the Holy Spirit and anointed. But we can be too! Jesus provided the call that when He left the planet to return to Heaven, that the Holy Spirit would come to us – the same Spirit that filled Him. And anointing, while sounding like a deep and mystical word, is truly nothing more than God’s hand upon a person empowering them to do what they could not do on their own. When we go out of our way to love someone, (even if we do not understand their ideology and religious bent) God is with us – empowering us to go beyond our human capacities and add meaning and value to their life. God wants to fill us with Himself!
We go to God to be filled with love then go to others to love them. We come from a place of love not go to others to receive love.
When we go looking for people to love us and affirm us, we will always manipulate the conversation and the moments to receive what our heart and insecurities crave. But when we come FROM LOVE (being with God) we can go TO LOVE (loving others.)
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19 – NLT
I encourage you to read the following verses and pray and ask God to challenge you and shape you into being more loving. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and help you discern where prejudice, hatred and bigotry reside inside of you. It is easy to look at others who spew hate speech or perpetrate violent acts against others and judge them, it is more difficult to discern where those same seeds and saplings live inside of your soul. We must Love God and Love all People. It is our calling!
Love God – Love People
7 Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Those who love are God’s children and they know God. 8 Those who do not love do not know God because God is love. 9 God has shown His love to us by sending His only Son into the world. God did this so we might have life through Christ. 10 This is love! It is not that we loved God but that He loved us. For God sent His Son to pay for our sins with His own blood.
11 Dear friends, if God loved us that much, then we should love each other. 12 No person has ever seen God at any time. If we love each other, God lives in us. His love is made perfect in us. 13 He has given us His Spirit. This is how we live by His help and He lives in us.
Love Gives Us More Faith in Christ
14 We have seen and are able to say that the Father sent His Son to save the world from the punishment of sin. 15 The person who tells of Him in front of men and says that Jesus is the Son of God, God is living in that one and that one is living by the help of God. 16 We have come to know and believe the love God has for us. God is love. If you live in love, you live by the help of God and God lives in you.
The Love of God Has Power Over Fear and Hate
17 Love is made perfect in us when we are not ashamed as we stand before Him on the day He judges. For we know that our life in this world is His life lived in us. 18 There is no fear in love. Perfect love puts fear out of our hearts. People have fear when they are afraid of being punished. The man who is afraid does not have perfect love. 19 We love Him because He loved us first. 20 If a person says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. If a person does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God Whom he has not seen? 21 We have these words from Him. If you love God, love your brother also. I John 4: 7 – 21 (emphasis mine)
You are loved,