Called to love everyone.
By Keith Boutte
Every human is born with certain rights and privileges regardless of where they were born. These rights and privileges differ in the many different belief systems in the nations of the world today. Every nation has a set of laws based on a moral belief system, many of which are based on religion. How closely the majority of the people hold to the truth of their nation’s moral beliefs directs the path of that nation.
Today in America there seems to be a great divide in our moral belief systems. We have a morality split between right and left or conservative and liberal and also it seems between capitalism or socialism. Racism has grown to divide people by the color of their skin, by their income, by political orientation and by religious beliefs. Our country needs intervention, but what could be the basis of the intervention? I believe there is only one way towards healing this Nation, “LOVE.” In the heat of every battle love must be the common denominator.
Let’s look at the biblical attributes of love; “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)
Oh, wow… I haven’t seen love in the National News much lately, wouldn’t it be great if we could see love in our news cast? But that’s not where we should look for love is it? Love is the greatest gift humans have to give and the most sought-after gift of humans. You see “If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”(1 Corinthians 13:3 NLT)
The Church, those of us who proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of all mankind are called to love everyone. Not only when they come to our church, not only when they go to any church, not only when they understand salvation, not only when they read the Bible and not only when they walk in perfection according to the Word of God. The Church, which is the Kingdom of God walking the earth today, is responsible for seeking those that are lost. We as the Church will be held accountable for the love we gave to the sinners of our generation. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost and that is our commission today and until we meet Jesus face to face.
Wisdom says in Proverbs 10:12 (NLT),“Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.”And in 1 Peter 4:17 “For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News?” (NLT) And what is the reason we share God’s love with the lost?“God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”(John 3:17 NLT)
The Church is the reason that Love, in the form of man, came to walk among mankind. Love is the power that breaks the chains of hate, separation, ignorance, arrogance, loneliness, guilt and shame. Love conquers all and His grace is sufficient while His strength is made perfect in our weakness. God is Love and “Three things will last forever— faith, hope, and love— and the greatest of these is love.”(1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT)
Love has and will always win. So, let’s be winners and share the love of God with others daily.