Choosing To Love


One of the places I find myself at odds with mainstream Christianity in America (and maybe you too) is how we treat non-believers. In today’s culture, Christians are under attack for our faith. There is a war for the heart of this nation that we find ourselves in. The problem is that the enemy uses people and groups to attack us, and we fight back with these groups of people. We’ve forgotten that our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and rulers of the unseen world. We never once read where Jesus attacked the people who were attacking Him. Instead, He loved them and fought against their spiritual darkness by bringing light.

We as Christians have been called to be salt and light. Who needs those? People who are living in the dark and need God’s flavors sprinkled in their life. How can we bring light when we are constantly attacking the person? How can we show them how to taste and see that the Lord is good when we consider them our foes? We’ve can’t afford to be distracted by the enemy and fall into the trap of attacking others. We are to be known for our love rather than our disdain. How can we show God’s love when we are meeting hate with hate?

In Colossians 4:5, Paul urges us, “Be wise in the way you act toward those who are not believers, making good use of every opportunity you have” (GNT). His message was to the Christians there to remind them of the roots of their faith. I believe we too need that reminder. We need to pray for wisdom in how we show God’s love to those who are against our faith, and that we do it in a manner that is pleasing to Him. Our mission hasn’t changed. If we want to turn this world upside down again, it’s going to come from God’s love through us not from our human attempts to force change.

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4 responses to “Choosing To Love

  1. Toma Thomas

    Thank you for reminding us to persevere.
    Jude 17-23 “But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord JESUS Christ foretold.
    “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit…..
    ……22: 💥” Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear— hating even clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”

    • I love those verses. Thanks for sharing. I think that last verse is where we get our saying of hate the sin, but love the sinner. We need to find a way to remain United in our faith and love the lost all the way to the cross.

  2. Michele

    Amen
    Lord Guide us to be a Light to others!

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