Something I think is really important is loving all people. Even if they are really annoying and drive you crazy. You don't have to want to always hang out with someone to want to love them.
Though I think this is important, many other people don't feel the same way. They say we shouldn't love people who don't believe in God. We should pray for them but not love them. Well, my question is: What about the people who never learned about God or the people who have never had anyone to love them? Because if Jesus loved them, shouldn't we? Don't get me wrong, I think praying for these people is good, but I don’t think that is enough. Why shouldn't we love them?
Jesus himself taught us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” In fact, He said that “there is NO commandment greater” than this one (Mark 12:31, emphasis added). So people who aren't Christians or who sin all the time aren’t our neighbor? Because I think they are. And it is not our place to judge others for what they did wrong; we should love them instead. Jesus loved everyone. He is our main example to follow. Jesus loved the people that no one else did. He sat and ate with the prostitutes and tax collectors, who were literally the most hated people in town.
In 1 Peter, it says that our love has to be “unfailing” (1 Peter 4:8), or constant, for other people so that sin isn't an obstacle to seeing the best in them. I think if you want to see the best in people that means you must love them. Also, in 1 Corinthians chapter 13, Paul told the people that to be righteous, which means morally right, they had to have three things:
But Paul specifically states that the most important one is love. Earlier in chapter 13, he goes into major detail on what love is and how one could achieve it (1 Corinthians 13:3-8; also mentioned in Romans 12:9-13).
If loving people wasn't so important, why would it be mentioned so many times in the Bible? So if this is what love demands of us, how are you living this out?
Written by Sarah
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