Perspective changes everything. Imagine being an all-knowing, all-powerful, and omnipresent God. Not only could you control all circumstances and overcome all obstacles; but you have known what the obstacles were and when those obstacles would occur since the dawn of time! That is the God we serve. Jesus came to help people understand that this very God personally loves and cares for each of the people on earth. This is not a God that is either distant or aloof. This is a God that truly loves His own and would do and give anything to save them.
With that in mind, Jesus called the folks He met to do the same. Love people. Make the love unconditional. Love them simply because that is what God does–loves us. Also, quit judging the folks you disagree with. Nobody knows each of us like God knows us–still, He loves us completely and perfectly. Jesus called His followers to practice the very same lifestyle. No more Loving “IF” or loving “Because” we simply love folks. Our only acceptable “Because” is Because God Loves US!!!! it is not an easy request. it requires a faith that clings to a perfect God.
We cannot place our faith in people, they always disappoint. We cannot place our faith in science, money, history, or power–those things change constantly. We must place our faith in the one constant–Our Heavenly Father, Adonai. As it says in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!” As Jesus began changing the world, His message was that we needed to accept this amazing Love that God demonstrates. He also emphasized the critical nature of our sharing that unconditional and non-judgmental love with all the folks we meet. If we will do that, we will truly experience the power of God in our lives! Believe me, that power is darn well worth it!
God Bless You
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.
41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.