We Are Told To Love

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I am extremely passionate about a few things.  One of them is my faith in God.  Yes, it’s true.  I am a Christian.  I will not apologize for being so.  I feel that in our society there is a real misconception of what a Christian is. Since I can only speak for myself, that’s what I’m going to do. I have been a Christian for over 20 years.  My perception of Christianity has been hard won.  Through my own mistakes, through times of heartbreak, through prayer and reading God’s word I have come to see Christianity as I do.

Being a Christian is NOT about being forgiven and you never sin again.  It isn’t about being morally superior.  It’s about accepting God’s forgiveness and truly being grieved for the wrong we have done to the point of repentance. It is most definitely not about following a bunch of rules that we couldn’t follow even if we tried.  That’s what grace is for. It isn’t about fighting the “devil.”  That’s a fight that has already been won for us at Calvary.  No, we don’t need the devil to tempt us when our hearts are evil on their own.  We live in a fallen world, bad things happen. It isn’t about pushing our personal convictions onto others.  There is a difference between personal convictions and God given commands.  It is not about blindly letting someone tell you what the bible says and means.  It’s about reading the bible yourself and praying about how it applies to your life.  It isn’t about judging others, especially those outside the church. We cannot expect people to act as though they follow a God they don’t believe in. In God’s word, we are told to love and then love some more. That doesn’t mean to approve of sin.  We can stand firm in our convictions while showing love and respect to someone who doesn’t believe as we do.  I have a revolutionary thought. If we took care of our own hearts and focused on the God given responsibilities we have within our families, our nation wouldn’t be in the shape it’s in. It all starts at home. We can’t let our dysfunction seep out into our churches and society and THEN be worried about God’s judgment.

I am a mess.  Most of us are, but I have no shame in admitting I am such an ugly mess inside that I HAVE to cling to Christ.  I believe that we are all born with a sin nature that we can choose to listen to or ignore. Without belief in God, I wouldn’t have a reason to ignore it.  Even with God, I give in to things I know are wrong sometimes.  The thing is…. I love God and want to do what is right according to Him.  How do I know what is right?  I find it in the bible.  Do I always do the right thing? NO.  I try, but don’t always succeed.  Do you know what that makes me?  A hypocrite?  Nope.  It makes me sincere in my intentions, but human in the fact that I’m not perfect.

Matthew 22:37-40

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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