Feb 052015
 

Today I am linking up in several places, including:

#TellHisStory by Jennifer Dukes Lee

Testimony Tuesday at Holly Barrett’s Blog

Three Word Wednesday at Kristin Hill Taylor’s Blog

Coffee for your Heart at Holley Gerth’s place

 

The Lord my God lights my darkness
~Psalm 18:28~

There is always this elephant in the room that no one seems to want to talk about but I do. That elephant is sin. We have so many people who are quick to judge and hate the church and hate the people because of their lifestyle and I can’t help but feel like yelling out that we are all sinners, we are all hypocrites.

But, if I do stand up in the middle of church and say we can’t hate gay because God loves everyone, suddenly I am hated to. I am not Christian enough to lead that group, to minister, to pray. I suddenly mean nothing and I am so saddened by this. I am sick of this.

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone
~John 8:7~

Whatever happened to that saying? Or even better, what happened to the command handed down by God telling us to leave all the judging up to Him?

Or as my son says

“You mean MURDER is farther down on the list than disobeying your parents?”

Yes son, it is.

God created the list that way, in that order. Maybe because honoring your father and mother is more important than if you kill but my guess is it is because God wanted us to see that there is no order. Every single command he has given to us is equally important. Has an equal value. Or maybe he created the list that way because he put the hardest things first. For most people not killing someone is pretty easy, then again we have the adultery stuff after the killing and by the biblical descriptions adultery is very, very easy to commit.

So, instead of being full of judgement, contempt and even hate towards someone or a group of people or a church that is trying to be inclusive I am going to leave all of that up to God.

Rather than jump on the bandwagon of hate I am going to jump in on the commandment that Jesus spoke to us from His very own mouth. He didn’t etch it in stone. He spoke it right into our hearts.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
~John 13:34~

See! Right there? It isn’t an optional commandment.

We MUST love one another the way that Jesus loves us. Unconditional love.

Love without judgement

Love without anger

Love without hate

Love without “unless”

Simple, I would die to save your life, Love.

Have you ever loved someone like that? Your child probably. Your partner maybe. But, would you die to save me? Would you die to save the gay man down the street? Would you give your final breath if you could save your pastor or the mama of five two houses down? Would you throw yourself in front of a bus to save the old lady who likely doesn`t have much time left anyway? Would you run into a burning building to save the guy who blew up his house while cooking meth?

Jesus would. Jesus DID.


He didn’t exclude anyone from his saving grace and that means when we listen to his commandment that we shouldn’t exclude anyone either. We should leave the judging up to God. No matter how righteous {Right by God} you think you are, you are a sinner just like me, and just like them. The guy doing life for murder may never have dissed his mama. The point is, God left us to live in LOVE and Jesus is the LOVE he gave us.

We are told not to judge because he knows that will take away from us living in love. He knows that judging will give us anxiety, panic, fear. He knows that judging will remove us from the Truth and separate us from him. He knows that judging others will weigh on us, it will make us feel guilty and responsible. He knows that we cannot do it all. He created us after all.

He knows that when he fills our cup to overflowing he is filling it with the water of life – Love. He knows that when we live a life of straight up love and forget all the rest that we can be happy.
He knows that when we spread the message of love we are turning away from Satan, refusing to let him in.
He knows that when we live in love we are living the truth that he planned for us.

The message of love wasn’t meant to be an “I love you only if you fit into this category”. It was meant for each of us, to spread, to live, to rejoice in and to be thankful for.

Jesus is LOVE.

I chose to die physically knowing that my faith in God’s love will save me eternally.

I chose to live in LOVE.

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  10 Responses to “Choosing to Love”

  1. Blessings, Marisa! Thanks so much for your sweet comment visiting at The Writer’s Reverie. I hope you were duly inspired to break out the scissors and scraps and make a journal of your own–you have many opinions to tuck within its pages, tempered in Christ. Joy to you as you seek Him with all your heart!
    Joy!
    Kathy

    • Oh Kathryn you have no idea how much I love to do those things! I am considering starting a scrapbook type journal that I can add pages to and clippings etc! So much inspiration! Plus, that stuff makes learning fun!!!

  2. Just had this chat with a friend recently – the fact that simply because we do not like something does not make it wrong. The fine line we walk towards holding one another accountable and bringing sin to light and then making ourselves judge and jury. “In the essentials unity, in the non-essentials liberty, in all things, charity.” I believe Augustine said that. Speaking the truth in love and always deferring to the whole counsel of God as the ultimate and absolute truth. Blessed to stop by from #threewordwednesday.

  3. So much to think about here! Thanks for sharing on this hard subject. Your words encourage well. And thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  4. If only we, as Christians, spent as much time loving others as we did judging – well, the world could be so different…Thanks for sharing with us. (Visiting from 3 word Wednesday today)

    • Yes Mindy!! If only!! In the end when the Lord comes again we will face our final judgement by Him and never have the human urge to do His job again! Until then, all we can do is try and ask for forgiveness when we do judge others or forget to live in love!

  5. Thank you for this beautiful post. You encouraging words are going to help me through this day.

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