Wednesday, April 6, 2011

When in doubt, love.

The easiest and yet most difficult concept; Love on another. Tonight was good. I hate admitting that there were definitely times when I lacked love, but I will. (Side note: I'm trying to be as real as I can in this blog. I'm going to say what is on my heart, but I won't ever lie and claim that I live up to my thoughts 100% of the time. I'm human and I have faults. You know this, I know this. But keep in mind, it does all come from a good place.) How often do we get frustrated with someone and spread everything but love? What if every time we got frustrated, we loved? It could lead to some awkward situations. But what if? 

"A new command I give you: Love one another. 
As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, 
if you love one another." John 13:34-35

In the bible, we are called to love. I went to my nifty concordance just to put this thought to facts. I counted over 250 verses that talk about love. Loving one another, loving ourselves, loving the church, loving our enemies. There's no denying, God thinks love is a pretty important concept. I'm with Him on this one. I'm a big fan of love. Giving love, receiving love, the whole nine. It's a pretty amazing concept and an amazing feeling to feel loved. But I think my favorite thing is to give love. Especially to those that may have not always known love. (I'm pretty sure that's why I am so in love with Por Los NiƱos) Loving isn't always easy though. But even when it's hard it's something I remind myself that I am called to do. It's easy to love the people that love you, care for you and make you happy. But what about the people who could care less about you? The people who make it clear they don't love you? The people who would give anything to see you upset? We can just love everyone else, right? Nope. Often times, these people need it the most. Everyone needs love. We need to be Jesus to everyone in our life. We may be the only Jesus some people ever see. Don't take that lightly. It won't always be easy. But it will always be worth it. 

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:43-48

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