What has happened to love in our society? Did it become unpopular, or did it just slowly begin to die?
Matthew 22:34-40 (New International Version)
The Greatest Commandment
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together, 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question. 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.” 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Is our over-all dislike for anyone who doesn’t fit into that infinitesimal idea we often have of what we call acceptable, that which energizes and rotates the wheels of our own conception of conventionalism? Giving birth to racism, xenophobia, bigotry, bias, intolerance and anti-Semitism stirred up in our Mocha with a little cream and hatred!
If your white, have you ever reached out for the hand of a black sister and prayed in the house of the Lord together? If you did I hope you felt the Spirit of God touch you both and send tears of joy down your face? Any race can feel this in the house of the Lord by simply reaching out towards someone whom you may think is different. We are all his children, we are unreservedly and categorically loved unconditionally by God our Father and his Son, Jesus, in heaven.
Let’s not build walls, boundaries, or borders to keep God’s Children out of His Land, His Country and his Garden! Let us rejoice in our diversity, our uniqueness and all that makes us all so exceptional!
Today open your heart to your neighbor, forgive a hurt that has created more anguish in your own soul then to the person who caused the hurt.
The day I genuinely forgave my parents for the abuse I was put through as a vulnerable and dependent child who truly believed my parents were not human, was one of the greatest days of my life. A burden was lifted as I realized they did the best they could. I knew that they loved me and gave me a life that to them was a life which exceeded any of their dreams.
Just think, if God can forgive us and Jesus asked God to forgive us for crucifying him on the cross, while he was still hanging there bloody and in unbelievable pain, shouldn’t it be possible for us to forgive each other a little easier?
Heaven will be a place of brilliant color and let each of us work a little harder to stop bigotry and grow love in its place!