Loving as a Christian is all about showing love to others even when justice calls us not to love at all. This is a kind of love that brims with mercy. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
If you only had five minutes to live, to say all you wanted to say, no doubt you would pick up your cell phone, calling everyone you know, to stammer out this simple phrase: “I love you.” The question is--why wait until the last five minutes of life?
What is a Christian all about? While there are many things about being a Christian that stand out, certainly chief among these is the ability love. Not just love for the moment or love when we are given love. No, I’m talking about love that endures, day-to-day, month after month and without end. Being a Christian makes us different from those who do not know the love of Christ. Everyone loves, Christian or not. But, loving as a Christian is special. Christian love is all about love when we are tired, when we are hurt, when we are disappointed and when we are not loved. It’s keeping on loving when others have stopped; when the situation may seem hopeless or when others find no grounds or basis to love at all.
Loving as a Christian is all about showing love to others even when justice calls us not to love at all. This is a kind of love that brims with mercy and is willing to overlook past injustices and wrongs that deserve correction, even retribution.
Here’s a story. The story is told that during the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes. The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell. However, the bell did not sound. The soldier’s fiance had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking. When she was summoned by Cromwell to account for her actions, she wept as she showed him her bruised and bleeding hands. Cromwell’s heart was touched and he said, “Your lover shall live because of your sacrifice. Curfew shall not ring tonight!” (Our Daily Bread.)
Paul writes in Hebrews 13:1: “Keep on loving each other as brothers.” Keeping on infers a lot, doesn’t it. Keeping on means endurance when we are too tired to love. It means forbearance when those we love sin against us. Keeping on means persistence when the love that we show to others is not received with kindness or gratitude. Christian love sepa- rates you and I from the world. The world loves because it seeks love in return. The world longs for love because it longs to benefit from what love is able to give. But Christians love with a totally different purpose. They keep on loving because they know a God who has never stopped loving them no matter what. Curfew shall not ring tonight for us either because God keeps on loving, and He keeps on loving, and He keeps on loving . . . no matter what.
We pray. Heavenly Father, it isn’t often easy to love, and there are times in our lives when it does seem nearly impossible. People hurt us, sometimes purposely. It seems that there are times when people go out of their way to be loveless and uncaring. Lord, we know that these are the times when you have told us to keep on loving no matter what. Forgive us Father when we find it difficult to love the loveless and help us Father to learn how to show love even when we are not loved. Grant us the endurance and toughness that it takes sometimes to love when it is hard to find any love in return. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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