In light of Valentine’s Day, I’m thinking we all have love on our mind. But I want to take a moment and not talk about romantic love but the kind of love we should share with others every day.
It seems that in the day and age, we are slowly forgetting how to love others. But is it because we are slowly replacing God out of our lives and attempting to fill the space in our hearts with things of the world?
God is love and as the Word says,
“We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19 NIV
When we forget the love of Christ and all that God’s done for us, we then start to lose site of the love that we should show towards others.
I see so many people nowadays disagreeing with such hatred that it saddens me. God wants us to love one another – even when we disagree (because we will) and we shouldn’t do it with such heated arguments that never accomplish anything but hurtful words.
We need to be an example of Christ, reflecting His love. We don’t need to picket funerals or bomb abortion clinics because that isn’t love! That isn’t what God wants. That isn’t showing love towards others but fueling hate.
I’m not saying we should let everyone walk over us, I am simply stating we need to think about our response before giving an angry response to try and get our point across.
“A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.”
Proverbs 15:1 MSG
We do need to stick to what the Word says, and not try to fit it into the worlds standards.
We cannot modify our beliefs just because others don’t like it, but we can show them what true Christianity is. A response in love reaches people more than a sharp word.
Now, I don’t listen to Lady Gaga, but I did catch this quote by her after the Super Bowl that sums this whole thing up nicely.
We never changed who we were and we stuck to our guns in terms of what we believe in.
That is what we as Christians needs to strive for. Sticking to our guns for what we believe in and above all else, show the love of Christ in all you do!
Reflecting His love could change the culture of our world more than anything else ever could.