What has Happened to Love?

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!

2 thoughts on “What has Happened to Love?

  1. First Bill, thank you for reading and for your excellent question!
    I wrote this comment because I think that the lack of love and narrowmindedness is such a problem in our society today. My family does not have a television service by choice but I follow news on my computer and phone in order to limit my exposure to the horrible acts of discrimination, injustice and violence in our country today.

    As a mother, my heart continues to feel such sorrow for parents whose children have been taken from them, either through loss of life or separation at the border, many of whom have still not been reunited with their families. These children are then lost in the system.

    It is my opinion that we shouldn’t be building walls but tearing down boundaries in our world. To me this type of estrangement amounts to not loving one another the way we should at least be striving to. None of us are without sin but bigotry and hate is something which is learned. We are not born with such hate and intolerance within us.

    The use of guns in our society and the deadly force that is often used in our country to take down our service men and woman as well as stray bullets hitting children in their beds is staggering. Why are there murders of so many precious school children? And why are people killed while they worship? Or while being entertained? What causes us to have such a need for guns in our society? This is not love.

    What have I done to try and make a difference since this post? I flew to Los Angeles and I thanked the men and women who were working for the TSA but not getting paid. I let them know that their service was not going unnoticed or unappreciated. Sunday I went to my very diversified church and worshipped with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. . I sang and gave thanks and praise to God. I listened eagerly to our pastor’s sermon which is a verse by verse teaching, and I prayed for those less fortunate. I hugged many of my brothers and sisters and told them I loved them. I reached out to some folks who I knew had been sick to see how they were and also prayed for them as well as our neighborhood and church family. The other night I walked out and looked up at the splendid sky and saw the beautiful moon and the clear heavens speckled with stars and I had a conversation with God. I asked God to help me learn to be more accepting of those who do not see things the way I do. I also asked my Lord to help me not to worry so much about the things I can’t control and to help me find peace in hardship.

    My third book is one in which I truly believe God gave me the idea to write and I am working hard on that book which I hope will have a positive message for the world.

    Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


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