DID THE PICTURE GET YOUT ATTENTION? Good! Because I have some real talk for my fellow Christ Followers today. I might lose some of you but, well, you know me; Truth must be told….
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
First thing; do you love your enemies? I mean REALLY love them? Why not? Is that not what the Son of God has commanded us to do? Let’s get a few things clear..
1. Before you became a Christ follower you too were an enemy of God. At some point someone loved you enough to show you the love of Jesus Christ. Have you paid it forward?
2. The world hates us, especially right now. Does that give us the right to lash back in equal or more hatred? “Do good to those who hate you“- Seems pretty clear does it not?
3. Yes sins effect us differently, but there is no one sin worse than the other. Sin is sin and even though you have Jesus as your Savior, your sins are no less destructive than your enemy. The only difference is that through God’s Amazing Grace, through Jesus Christ, you have been forgiven and your sins are blotted out through His sacrifice.
Not because of any good I have done but only through His power, I have gained a lot of followers in the Social Media world, especially on Twitter. You know what I have noticed? You know who seems to have the least amount of love and good works going on? Us, Christ followers….Yes we are REALLY good at showing love to those that think and regurgitate exactly what we believe and say, however when someone that believes differently than we do, look out! And the minute a lost soul makes a comment, well, it was as if the words of Jesus were, “Hate all those that don’t follow Me”, “Insult those that insult you”, “Don’t do to others as you would have done to you”.
Clearly the Scriptures call us to do the exact opposite. How different would the world be if we allowed ourselves to follow this passage exactly as written? How many more people would start listening not to US, but to HIM. Friends, if we react like the world reacts , what exactly is the point? How will the lost ever see the Light of Jesus? Today, make the effort to show true Agape Love to those that hate you, those that insult you, and those that take from you.
Be more like Jesus and not like the picture above…..