43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 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.
It is hard to love those who persecute us, those who wish us not well, those who put us down or work against us… It is very hard. In our weak human nature we tend to do just the same to them as they do to us. But, having our hearts in Christ and having of His spirit changes how we see our enemies. If we truly are the followers of Jesus Christ we will love and pray for our enemies, and that is what sets us apart from the rest and makes us children of our Father in heaven who’s love knows no limits.
“13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”
Yes, we are called to be free, but we enslave and imprison our selves with a way of life we think it’s right, with the clothes we think we should wear, with the car we think we should drive, with the amount of success we think we need to be happy. And God forbid, we fail to achieve what we think is right, the whole world falls apart and we become desperate and broken. We are the inmates in our very own prisons. But, there is hope! We are called to be free and the only way to be truly free is to be free in Jesus, to love one another, to let go of our selfish wants and desires, to let Jesus direct our paths and to fully trust that His plans for us are much better than our own.
It’s not an easy job to guard your heart nowadays. We are surrounded by things that easily can poison us spiritually and physically. We all know what those are. So, let’s keep our eyes on the Lord. He is a source of Purity and Hope. We will ask Him for help, we will ask Him to strengthen us, and to remove all that doesn’t belong in our hearts. Let’s fill our hearts with Jesus, so love, compassion, peace and justice can flow out into the broken world.
“17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Through Jesus Christ, God reconciled us to himself not counting our sins against us. In this passage we are called to be Christ ambassadors, His messengers, His representatives. How can we be ambassadors of Christ? We are to love, because He loved. We are to be merciful, just and forgiving. We are to spread the message of His love and urge others to be reconciled to God. So, dear friend reading this post, if you wandered away from God, if you think you are not worthy of His love, if you have sinned and think you can’t be forgiven, if you have a hard time making it on your own please know that God wants you back. His love and grace are larger than we can ever explain with human words. Call on His name, invite Him into your heart today! ♥
As a fairly new believer I am just amazed about the fact that our God is always there for us. Living without God and leaning on your own strength all the time is very hard. Going to the Source of all creation and love is essential to have a happy and purposeful life. All I want to say is just that I am so grateful that God has touched my heart and revealed His love and His grace to me. I am grateful for loving Christian people who have been (and still are) there for me and who have shown me with their actions Jesus’ love and compassion. I feel safe knowing that my God is there for me every second of my life. I run to Him every day, I thank Him, I praise His name. I am covered by His unfailing love.
Lord God, Father of all creation my prayer is that the New Year 2014 brings to this world more peace and less war, more food and less hunger, more laughter and less tears, more love and less hate, more understanding and less judgement, more care and less neglect. I pray that we love one another as you love us, I pray that we are always aware of your presence and that in all we think, say and do we are guided by Your unfailing Love. In Jesus Name. Amen.
LOVE. It’s all about Love my friends. We are commanded to love one another, to love our neighbor as ourselves. Open up your heart and let the Love come in. Let go of grudges, let go of anger, let go of bitterness. Forgive. Call a friend or a family member that you have not called in a long time. Show Love and kindness to a stranger. Pay it forward. Love will travel a full circle and come back to you. LOVE.
“10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
This was the greatest news EVER received; the news of great joy that to ALL people a Savior was born – Christ the Lord! Find a quiet place and read these verses again and again. Let them sink in and enter your consciousness. Tears of joy will well up in your eyes and your heart will open and expand to receive the message above all messages. You have a Savior! Someone who loves you more than anyone will ever love you, someone who holds you in the palm of His hand and keeps you as a most precious treasure. Reside in His Love, follow His ways for He was sent to ALL people.
“6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. 7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings 9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.”
Yes God, show us the wonders of your great Love. Make us worthy of it and bless us Lord so we can be a blessing to others. Let us always walk in Your paths God and practice love, compassion, kindness and humility every day of our lives. Let us be a reflection of You. Let us abide in Your great Love Lord, today and forever. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”
Yes that’s right! It’s about Love, AGAIN! 🙂 We love because he first loved us! Where there is love, there is no place for hate. Let’s examine our hearts, let’s see if everything that we keep inside is from God. If there is anger, hatred, envy, bitterness, greed, selfishness let’s ask God to remove it and replace it with LOVE. Only if our hearts are clean and filled with love, only then we will be able love our brothers and sisters, as The Most High has commanded us. ♥