|Posted on December 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM|
Love seems to offend people, especially when labels are attached to individuals who are deemed unworthy of love because of their actions. I am so thankful God's thoughts are not like ours.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
It has taken me a lifetime to understand this love of God's and to learn how to love like Him.
"For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life." John 3:16
Jesus died for ALL SINNERS!
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
"There is none righteous, no, not one." Romans 3:10
I am not the judge of man's sins. I have not been called to a jury to decide if the law was upheld. I am however a child of God and I am called to love God and love others. THIS IS MY STAND. In all areas of my life: home, work, public, church, world, I have made the choice to love people even when all indications say certain ones don't deserve it. I hear this banter EVERY DAY! You know why? Because people are imperfect and carry a load of burdens not meant for them to carry. They cannot see the joy in living for God and therefore point out the injustices in the world to balance their own position on that scale. By pointing to the sins of others they do not see their own lack of love or simply choose to love themselves more than anyone else. Not obeying God is a sin. God says to love others as yourself. Mark 12:31
God didn't say "First decide who is worthy then love them." He said to love others as yourself. It doesn't mean love everything about them, but in a Godly way, to love them, as in weep when they weep, rejoice when they rejoice (Romans 12:15) and pray for them, for God to bring justice and forgiveness.
Yesterday I decided to voice my love for people who are suffering a deeper pain than I will ever understand. I chose to say #BlackLivesMatter and instantly I was accused of not standing for the rule of law and the process of criminal justice. Apparently all of my words were not clear.
I believe that if the law doesn't bring justice, God will. I am not on anyone side but God's. A man broke the law and another man used his authority to enforce the law and a life ended. Some say the officer broke the law, some say the criminal abused the officer. I am not taking sides with this. I do not know the intent of their hearts when they were in the situation. Honestly, NO ONE DOES but GOD. God is their judge.
My heart weeps with the black community in all of their suffering. My heart weeps for the police officers who suffer for trying to uphold and enforce the law. My heart weeps for the soldiers who suffer for defending our freedom. For people who suffer abuse and neglect on every level, I weep. You see, because God loved me when I was a wretched sinner, and He continues to love me, forgiven yet still a sinner, and He sent people to love me as I am, I choose to love the same way. This kind of love, from God through me, towards others is what brings me JOY through ALL TRIALS. It is the only reason I can endure in the face of adversity.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1John 4:7,8
...since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1John 4:11