Lovey Dubbey

So I guess valentines day has about 30 minutes left in it were I’m at and I kinda just want to ponder about love but not love as I love a person but love as God loves us.

See as Christians we are suppose to love everyone as Christ has loved us. I know for a matter of fact that tends to be really hard at-least for me. When I’m driving down the road and someone cuts me off on purpose the first think that rages thru my system isn’t love or when your computer starts doing things it shouldn’t the first thing that runs thru my head isn’t love.

In both circumstances the first thing that comes to me is a way to project harm. Why is that?

love.jpgI can’t really answer that well but I think alot of it has to do with the culture that we are surrounded by. I mean we live in a time in the last 5 years I think almost every news cast you watch has to do with violence. If it has to do with someone dying in the war or of violence in the middle east its all violence. We have gotten to the day in age were kids are bullying other kids on the internet and mentally torturing them and making there life’s a living nightmare. I’ve heard story’s of kids that that has happened to and the first thing that runs thru their head is harm. There have been kids that have been tortured so bad online they have gone to the extreme of taking there life or planning to take the life of the person that destroyed them and those around him.

It’s really sad to say we live in a culture that violence is so immanent. But almost any situation can be turned around with Love.

In Matthew 7:12 we read the golden rule which is “Do to others as you would have them do to you”.

There’s more meaning behind that then just treat others how you want to be treated. The deeper meaning is that if someone is treating you badly or is making fun of you, you almost always have control over the situation by how you react. Now are you going to react in the way they are treating you or are you going to treat them as if you were in their shoes. I’m reminded of a story John Maxwell told about him and his little girl going out for breakfast one morning and they ended up getting a really snobby waitress. She didn’t treat them the best and by the end of their meal he asked her if she could split a 50 so he could make sure to give her a good tip for the help she had been. Her mood immediately changed. She had acted rude towards them but he changed the situation but treating her like he would want to be treated.

Now see to be able to do do others how you would want to be done to you there has to be something deeper in you. That thing that has to be in you is love. You need the love for people and that love you need is God’s love for people.

As we live our life’s we need to be showing God’s love to those around us. The biggest thing I can think of is that we love God and what he has done for us. Well if we love God we need to love what we created and He created people. See we love God and we treat Him as good as we can, but we tend to not love people and we put them down. If we say we love God we need to love his Creation and that is people.

If we love people your going to see them as God sees them and your not going to point out fault. Your going to encourage them and help them when you can. There are to many people already putting each-other down in this world and it’s caused a high rate of depression and insecurity which leads to acting out in violence and harm. This is one of the reason’s I believe the culture has ended up the way it has. It’s because there are so many sources out there telling people they could look better, they could be better, they can be smaller , skinnier you name it. But then you add the church on top of what the world is doing and its adding to the judgement that people already face.

As Christians we need to love and love more than ever to show people that Christians aren’t what we tend to be perceived. We need to work on being all the better at loving people cause there have been to many people that have already messed up are image and its going to take work to changed the image of the word Christian.

So I challenge you today to start loving. Pray to God to help you love those around you and to give you his love for His people. I know I’m going to ask Him to cause I know I’m not great at this but with God’s help I can be better.

If you have any more you would like to add feel free to discuss it in the comments. I don’t want to start rambling and dry out my point.

Much Love ~ Jeremy Newton