We as God’s people are to love “all” people. It does not and should not matter their skin tone, the financial status, saved or unsaved, gay, straight, unsure, whatever, hard-headed, hard-hearted we are called to love. This verse is short and to the point and it says this: “And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also” (1John 4:21) That doesn’t mean your biological brother, it means anyone outside of yourself!
It sounds so easy yet daily we read news stories that tell us it is hard to do.
So often we think there are ways around loving people. Can’t we just like them and move on? Not according to the nine words above we cannot. Loving someone and caring about their soul is not the same as agreeing with bad choice or lifestyle. It isn’t judgmental about people who may not be as financially secure as you, thinking you know the reasons for it and it must just be laziness or something of the sort.
God says “we must” love people. There is not a choice in it. We are to hate sin, period. In ourselves and others. We as Christian’s are to love what God loves and hate what God hates. For example, I can love a thief while I hate the theft that he committed. It sounds easy, right? But we are lousy at carrying it out. We weigh people on scales of our own making and that is wrong.
Our world is never going to be perfect at least not until Jesus is ruling and reigning. Shouldn’t we until he returns practice what he told us to do? Shouldn’t Christian’s be the example that others follow? So often I see and hear about Christian’s thinking it is okay to hate someone because of their color or sexual orientation or something else. It is sad and hurts my heart, and then I think about how our Lord must feel when we behave so badly.
The next time you think it is okay to hate someone remember this verse. (Romans 5:8) “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Do you see it? He did not wait for us to stop sinning, we cannot. He loved us while we were yet sinners. So much so that God sent his only son to die in mine and your place. His love for us had nothing to do with our goodness or worthiness, just his.
I want to love as Christ loved, I want to hate sin first in myself and then in this world however it is done. We are never ever justified in our hatred of another. In verse 20 of that same chapter, we read these words: “If a man says I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
I choose love! Why? Because He first loved me, and he continues to love me even though I sin. Yes, even born again believers sin. We should never be a lifestyle of sin, but we often times fail in one way or another, yet God’s love for us remains strong and steadfast. I know I can never fully love as Christ loved me, but until he calls me home or returns, I am sure gonna try my best! Will you join me? I hope so 🙂