Wednesday, July 27, 2016

choose love instead of hate


John 13:34  NASB
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Opportunities to spew hate are rampant.  You see acts of violence and people doing all kinds of horrible things.  It seems most, if not all, are based in pure and ugly hate.

That is why Christians have to do things differently.  We must choose love over hate.  We must pour on the love of God and not vengeance from a troubled heart.  Love has all kinds of facets and characteristics, but love is always the upper road and leaves people better than you found them.

Are you responding to the people we encounter based on our pain or our past?  I pray that is not the case. It is right to choose the side of love, of making people better and stronger and pointing each and every person to God,

Romans 13:8-10  NLT
Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These —and other such commandments —are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

Our obligation is to love the people we come in contact with.  Our responsibility is to show people the love of God.  But best yet, our opportunity is to love people the way God loves us.

Many other verses give us the facts about love.  Love crosses boundaries.  Love crosses out wrongs.  Love heals old wounds.  Love changes our direction.  Love opens our eyes and the eyes of others.  Love conquers fears and even ends battles.

Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

We need the kind of love in our lives that brings unity.  That is why love fulfills God’s law.  This love makes the giver and the receiver better.

My prayer is that we will choose love over hate all the time.  There is no room for hate.  There is no time to miss pointing people in any direction other than toward God.  May our lives be marked by loving people the way God loves you and I.

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