Scripture: I John 14: 17-21
Love is perfect and fearless. God loves us and we respond by trying to love God back. The commandment we have is that if we love God, we must love our brothers and sisters. Loving our neighbors isn’t something we always do well on our own. We must be honest with ourselves when this happens. When we can’t find it in ourselves to love another, we can draw from the wells of love that God provides for us. We are willing to receive that great and wonderful love that God offers to us. Are we greater than God that we don’t have to extend love others the way that God has loved us and equipped us to love others?
The truth is that we see a lot of hate in the world today. We have candidates running for political office and in the campaign process, their insults and accusations toward one another have become so common that we come to expect it. It grieves our spirit when we see people acting intentionally cruel and hateful toward one another.
In the world, we can expect to be criticized and condemned. In the church we are called to the standard set by Christ. In Christ, we are called to share in his sufferings and to love as he loved. We don’t get to pick and choose who we love. God loves all people. If we are to abide in God, to claim to be Christian people we must love all people – everybody!