John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Living a Christian life means that we must be intentional in how we live. We must live in such a way that those who don’t know God will come to know Him because they know you. We are called to be His disciple.
The world today is a scary place to live. The world is filled with hate, violence, disrespect, and judgment. The exact opposite of what God commanded. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, He said to love the Lord your God with all your heart, but He also included, love your neighbor.
I remember a post that Sara wrote titled “We are responsible to each another.” In the post, she used a quote from Anne Frank, “Despite everything, I believe people are really good at heart.”
God made each and every one of us, which means despite everything, people are really good at heart. The problem is when people stray away from God. When people begin taking life into their own hands. Do they really think they know more than God?
When people stray, they begin losing what connects them to good. I think that we begin focusing on the “things” of the world instead of the people. People begin feeling powerful trying to bully and harass, rather than finding the power of spirit that comes from extending kindness instead of anger.
As Christians, I hope that we can agree that we all come to this earth being good at heart. Life happens and circumstances can change us… but we have teachers along the way who need to be intentional in taking us aside and show us compassion and help direct us on better paths. Those teachers include each of us. I’m wondering how many people I’ve had contact with in my life who were looking to me to teach them, and I didn’t take the opportunity to help guide them.
Maybe we should all ask ourselves, how many people have I had contact with in my life who were looking to me to teach them, and I didn’t take the opportunity to help guide them? We aren’t responsible for someone’s actions, but we are responsible to them as a person… I believe we have a responsibility to speak in kindness and act with compassion. We can control how we treat people. How we care about people. How we love people. It’s about being intentional. We may have different points of view on various “things,” but we need to stop focusing on the “things” and put our focus on the person.
If we want to be intentional in our Christian walk, we must be intentional in loving God and loving others.
Matthew 25:45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”