Saturday, May 23, 2015

Keep on Loving - Martin Wiles

Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Hebrews 6:11 NLT

I’m the first to admit, I’m not perfect. Never have been. And I’m sure there have been many times during my life when acquaintances, friends, family, and co-workers have found me difficult to love. Yet in spite of what I know about myself, I still frequently find it hard to love others unqualitatively. Such as the church member serving as treasurer who got mad because the ruling authorities decided they would audit the books annually. He took this as an affront to his credibility, and I was the one he chose to take his anger out on. Or the woman who blatantly accused my wife of trying to take over things in the church…activities no one else was doing. And the deacon who wanted to “think” about allowing me to go bi-vocational even though the church couldn’t pay me enough to live on. Then there was my good friend who decided he wanted my wife…and she agreed. And who can forget the man who challenged my decision to have a toilet at the church repaired without first voting on it at a church business meeting? All people who were difficult to love. 

Whoever wrote this letter wanted these believers to keep on loving those difficult to love people. In fact, their love would fulfill all God’s commands and keep them from becoming spiritually dull and indifferent.  

Just after loving God with my entire heart and being—according to Jesus—comes loving my neighbor as I do myself. The above are just a few examples of neighbors I had difficulty loving. There have been many more. But then again, loving them only when they’re easy to love doesn’t take much effort—or love, and doesn’t even define love. Unconditional is a better term. The way God loves me when I disobey him, affront him, neglect him, try to manipulate him, and totally disregard him. 

Whom do you need to show love to?

Prayer: God of all love, teach us to love others unconditionally as You do us.

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6 comments:

  1. Yes, yes! Loving the difficult ones is so hard and yet it is just what we are to do. We are to be love before the eyes of the world so that they may see Christ in us. For some, we may be the only Christ they ever do see. All the more reason to love thy neighbor and love with the love that God loved us first with.
    Glad you are my neighbor at Janis' tonight.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. Blessings Linda. Thanks for your insight.

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  2. What makes us human, can make us hard to love. Seeing beyond that takes true strength and belief. Thanks for linking to #r2bc x

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  3. I tried to comment once but I guess it erased it when I signed in??

    Anyway. I was saying, that the Lord brought me to my knees a few years ago on the subject of loving others. If we could only see the spiritual, emotional, physical, and other reasons that have caused people to form the mindsets and opinions from which their words and actions are based; if only we could see people as Jesus sees them, we would weep for them instead of becoming angry. Snapped me right out of my place of judgment! God is good. :) Great post - thanks for sharing at Christian Fellowship Friday!

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