I’ve been called many things in my life but “easy going” is not one of them. I’m a very passionate person and tend to go to extremes when I’m passionate towards or against a situation.
That’s a quality that served me well in high school debate and throughout my sales based career. BUT… In my Christian walk… Not so much.
In my Bible reading this morning I read the following:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:7-8 NIV)
Whoever does not love does not know God… WOW!
That’s a very tall order! That means I’m suppose to love ISIS & all radical Muslims, the Westboro church protestors, terrorists, EVEN the Dallas Cowboy haters!!
And maybe most importantly…
If I don’t love them then I don’t truly know God. That is a scary thought.
I love God, and I try to increase that love daily. Yet if I can’t find a way to love those who are hard to love, those who hurt my loved ones (the momma bear comes out when my kid is involved), those who KILL CHRISTIANS I don’t truly know God.
That’s a sobering thought.
Now don’t mistake love with approval. Even in God’s unmeasurable love for all of us, He still recognizes our sin, and we will be held accountable for that sin if we do not repent. Yet, His love never waivers. (Psalms 136:26)
So I can now add “Love ISIS” to my ever growing to do list for my Christian walk. It’s a very good thing that I serve a patient and loving God, as this one may take a while.