I’ve been hearing a lot about love lately. It seems like a lot of people are talking about how love isn’t a feeling, but it’s something that you do. You can choose to love even when you don’t feel like you love them. My wife even wrote a post about it. (and I journaled about it!)
For me, I’ve been feeling like God is telling me to just love them.
Someone told me to be a pastor to everyone. The first step for me to be a pastor to everyone seems to be loving them. But how do I do that?
The other day someone started to tell me about their life. One of those times when you are stuck with someone you don’t know and they all of a sudden want to tell you all of their problems. I wanted to just smile and nod and get out of the conversation, but I knew that I needed to love him. In this case, loving him meant actually listening to his story and actually caring about what he had to say.
How often do you love people? Do you just love the people you want to love? Do you take the time to love those who need your love, even if you don’t want to?
Christ loved. He loved people that no one would even talk to. He loved the tax collectors, the adulterers, people with leprosy, he even loved you and me thousands of years before we were born.
You can say, He’s God. Of course He was able to love those people. But Jesus was also a man. A man who looked at people and didn’t feel like helping. A man who was grossed out by people with weird diseases. People say that Jesus was thinking about you when He was dying on the cross, but I sort of doubt it. I think He was a man dying in obedience to His Father, loving people that He would never meet.
Christ loved so much, shouldn’t we do the same? Aren’t we supposed to be little christs? How do we show His love without loving others?
It’s time that you and I start to love others the way Christ did. Even when we don’t feel like it.