The other day, I came across THIS pictures on Facebook:
Can I just say…
AMEN! Not just Amen, but hallelujah, do a little dancey dance, amen to the 100 friggin’ percent!? I think we Christians seem to forget this. Sadly, many people are still wrapped up in WHAT you do, WHEN you do it, HOW WELL you do it. Yes, obeying God and His commands are important, and if we truly love the Lord and follow Christ we will truly desire to follow him and strive to be like him. We will bear fruit, as the Bible says. This is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the horrible attitudes I see. The “I go to church more than you, I tithe more than you, I have more kids than you, I dress better than you, I love God more than you because I do such and such” and so on and so forth type (Pharisaical) attitude. We have started acting like what we do is what makes us “good people” or “better than you” Christians. That is just simply untrue. AND un-biblical
The Bible pretty much tells us that right here in this verse:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Jesus COMMANDS us to love. There is A LOT in the Bible about love, and none of it has to do with someone loving you if you do this or that. God loves ALL of us. We are ALL sinners. NONE of us are “good enough” on our own. NOT ONE. If we do not understand this, we fail to understand the gospel message. If we fail to understand the gospel message, we fail to love others. And if we fail to love others, we fail to love and obey God.
Jesus responded, when asked what the greatest commandment was:
“(36) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” (37) Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and greatest commandment. (39)And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39
I don’t see any stipulations in that command to love others as yourself, do you? I don’t care if they have three legs, smell like old tacos, and have hair down to their cankles. We are COMMANDED to love them. I don’t care if they have never step foot in a church, bash Christians, say they hate God… we are STILL commanded to love them.
If they are a LIVE, BREATHING PERSON. We love them.
This verse has NO “except for’s” in it. I don’t care if the person is gay, straight, bi, young, old, male, female, disabled, mentally ill, a murderer, teen mom, someone who has had an abortion, a rapist, a serial killer, homeless man, child abuser…
We are STILL to love them. We are STILL required to share the gospel message with them. They need Jesus just as much as we do. They are sinners just like we are. I don’t care if you have never committed adultery, murdered, robbed, etc… we are ALL sinners in need of a Savior. Our God is a PERFECT GOD. He can allow NO sin into heaven. We have ALL sinned. If you have told ONE lie, you have sinned, and that sin is enough to keep us from heaven.
“for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
We are all the same. We are all sinners. We are ALL made in God’s image.
“For God so loved the world (ie EVERYONE, ALL kinds), that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
And we are to LOVE them all.
and remember, in order to love them, we must GET TO KNOW them. Where they are. Not just share with them, witness to them, bash them over the head with their sin, then leave, never to see them again.
So stop making excuses. Get out there and love like Jesus. Get out there and spread the gospel message and the hope in Jesus Christ that SO many people desperately need. If you don’t love them, you can’t possibly do that.