Have you ever been in a situation in which the more of God’s love you offer, the more offensive you are? It can happen showing kindness to a wounded soul, or setting boundaries in a relationship. Some may react in anger, even accuse you of being a “bad Christian.”
Or perhaps in your social circles or workplace, you may be one of few demonstrating principles in areas which the majority do not. Your integrity may seem strange or humorous. But friend, you are not alone. Through the ages, God’s people have persisted in demonstrating his love while held in contempt.
Our ultimate example and comfort lies in that Jesus, although blameless himself, suffered to the point of death, for the sake of a world who rejected him (2 Corinthians 5:21). And I am not guilt-free either. I do not merit his forgiveness and lovingkindness. Yet I receive it.
Therefore, I can choose love in all these matters.
These matters in which people do not understand and may even choose to blame. They only matter to the extent that I continue to live and love them through Jesus... because of his great love for me.
Is it always so simple and easy? No. Jesus’ love may be simple… but people and situations can be very complex. God’s word reminds us that in this world we will have troubles, but we take heart— because he has overcome the world (John 16:33).
Remember… this world is our temporary accommodation. It is not our permanent home. We are abiding in our home spiritually in Jesus now… until he comes for us eternally then.
We have each other and Jesus. What matters is that we can love everyone. Whether or not they also do.
In Christ’s love,
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