My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to loving our brothers as Christ would have us do, do you regard the boundaries or are fences merely obstacles to be jumped or do you allow yourself to be restricted on the road to fulfilling that mission?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Our old rescue dog, Miss Annie, had little regard for boundaries and such. She’s was a jumper. Just about any fence six feet high was nothing more than a mere obstruction to her. While the other three dogs abided the fence and dutifully returned once there, duty done, Miss Annie’s duty extended beyond the fence. There was important business on the other side and jumping was the only way to get there.
When it comes to loving our brothers as Christ would have us do, do you regard the boundaries or are fences merely obstacles to be jumped or do you allow yourself to be restricted on the road to fulfilling that mission?
Here’s a story: In France some soldiers brought the body of a dead comrade to a French cemetery to have him buried. The priest told them gently that he was bound to ask if their comrade had been a baptized adherent of the Roman Catholic Church. They said that they did not know. The priest said that he was very sorry but in that case he could not permit burial in his churchyard. So the soldiers took their comrade and buried him outside the fence. The next day they came back to inspect the grave but couldn’t find it. Search as they might they found no trace. As they were about to leave in bewilderment the priest came up. He told them that his heart had been troubled because of his refusal to allow their dead comrade to be buried in the churchyard; so, early in the morning, he had risen from his bed and with his own hands had moved the fence to include the body of the soldier who had died for France. (William Barclay)
What does it mean to love as a brother? That priest discovered it in the middle of the night as he restlessly tossed and turned in his bed. He had set the boundaries of his love at a certain point and that is where he truly believed they had to be. That is until he discovered that those boundaries were far too narrow to accommodate the love that Christ has for each of us. Christ loved those who didn’t fit the definition of the lovable. In fact, He looked for them; He sought them out. When it comes to loving others, like Miss Annie, we shouldn’t think twice about jumping the obstacles that stand in our way. As Christ knew no boundaries, neither should we.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord, The boundaries of our love should be the same boundaries of love that Jesus showed to us; even to the point of giving His life for those He loved. So often Lord we place artificial boundaries on our love, lines across that we will not cross lest our feelings are hurt or our sacrifice be too great. Even boundaries that seem right and good by societies standards, yet in our hearts we know we are selfish, even heartless. Forgive us Father when we do not grant others the same love that You have granted us. Cause our hearts to ache when we back away from the precious moments of grace and mercy that You often present to us every day. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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