I John 5
“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
(Mat. 5:46-48 )
Matthew 22: 34-40
He makes the sun to shine on the evil and the good. What an awesome statement. His mercy extends to all men…why can’t ours? As Christians we spend so much time speaking of “love for your fellow man” and “love for your neighbor,” but how often do we practice it.
Jesus is clearly asking us to step outside of our comfort zone and love the unlovable. Who is the unlovable? An unlovable is anyone that you would normally not have an easy time being nice to nor would you normally associate with.
Jesus spent time with sinners…of the worst type according to the Jewish people of his day… These are the very people Jesus reached out to…he had no help for the self righteous…they could not be helped because they felt no need of it, and he often strongly condemned their behavior. He did have time for those people who knew their need.
He asked them to turn from their sin, but only after he had shown them love and forgiveness and open arms, where previously they had received only condemnation and upturned noses. We must learn to be like Christ and seek out those who are truly in need. Help them, love them and try to show them Christ.
“Thank you Lord, for being willing to meet us where we are. Make in me a heart that seeks out those whom I would normally turn away from. Help me to love them, and to share with them about you. May your true and perfect will be done. Amen.”
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