Thursday, March 23, 2017

World view vs Biblical view pt6

     What's your point of view, worldly or Biblical?  We all know how hard it is to love, or even like some people. We have a tendency to shy away from certain types of people: those that we perceive as "unclean" or "dirty"; the homeless; ones that we classify as "different" or "strange".
     The world says that you don't have to love all people.  We can pick and choose who is worthy of our love and friendship.  Besides, nobody wants to try to love someone who we know hates us; they don't deserve our love.
     But God sees it the opposite way.  God says it doesn't matter who they are or what they look like or where they come from or even if they've done you wrong, you have to love them.  God plainly tells us in His Word that "you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18).  It doesn't matter who they are, where they're from, what they do; everyone is your neighbor.  Even those that don't like you.
     It's easy to love those that love you and look out for you and your well being.  But loving those that don't love you is a whole lot harder.  God says that "if you love those that love you...And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners do the same"  (Luke 6:32-33).
     The Bible goes even further to tell us to "love", to "bless", to "do good", and to "pray for them" (Matthew 5:44).  And why should we do these things?  Because Jesus says that as "you have done it unto the least of have done it unto me"  (Matthew 5:40).  And isn't that the main thing?  Doing all that we do for the "glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).
     Take time to pray to God and ask for His help in loving your neighbors.

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