Love is a simple four letter word – yet so misunderstood.

#lovelikeJesus

It is the most used word in the world. It is the one word that appears to have multiple meanings. It is sometimes presented as a noun, but it is really a verb. It is something we chose to do. Even when we don’t want to. For Christians, it is not optional. Jesus left us a commandment. “A new commandment I give unto you that you love each other as I have loved you (paraphrased).” So, if we are not sure what love looks like all we have to do is remember how He shows His love to us!

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8 (ESV).

My please everyday is “Dear God let me be more like you and less like me. Let your love for me flow through me to others!”

Defend the who?

“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17 NIV)

This is such a high calling. “Defending the oppressed and taking up the cause of the fatherless, as well as pleading the case of the widow does not come with a codicil that says, “If they are like us! If they deserve it! If they are not taking advantage of us! If they are not Christians! If they are undocumented! If they are black, white, yellow, or different in any way! If they are not attempting to alter our concept of what our lifestyle should be. If they are not ‘stealing’ our jobs. If they are not drug addicts. If they are not. . . . wait for it . . . .  AMERICAN!”  Millenials have derived a meaning for defending that is different from what God intended.  What’s more, we are making it a theological construct that is devoid of the Scripture.  We do not have to go overseas to show the love of Jesus to our fellow-man. How about starting with the people in our community?

 

Attitude of Gratitude: I am thankful that I am not oppressed, and that the Blood of Jesus Christ has washed me and made me clean! This scripture is such a powerful reminder of my responsibility as a member of the diaspora. Be blessed friends and consider those who are less fortunate!

 

 

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