I’ve been talking to the Lord and trying to hear just what He wanted me to write. As I was reading my Bible I came across some verses that absolutely changed the way I look at how God loves me. It’s not something I have never read before or never heard preached but I think God decided I just needed to see them in a different light.
Here goes: Romans 8:35 and 38-39 (NLT); “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?…And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Wow…is that some awesome kind of love or what? The creator of the universe has let us know that the only thing that can keep us from His love is ourselves. It means that just because we may be going through a bad time, or maybe we don’t have any one we can depend on, or we’re not in the place we thought we would be; God loves us more than we can even imagine. And He loves us with a love that is eternal. He sacrificed His own Son for you and me.
The question He kept placing in my heart was—’Are you trying to love others…the way I love you?’ I must admit that sometimes this can be difficult for me. I try really hard but whether it’s impatience, busy schedule, being tired, or just not having a good day—I can sometimes not love people the way I should. And something else Jesus has let me know; not only is it to love the people close to me but it is also to love people who my flesh might not want to love.
How difficult is that? Very. Just ask yourself about someone you have had issues with. They may have hurt you in some way…is it easy to love them? I didn’t say—like. You don’t have to go to lunch with them…but have you spent time in prayer for them? Do they know Jesus as their Savior? If not, are you asking Him to touch their heart so that they won’t die lost? If their saved, are you praying that they can come to a better understanding of what God’s love is?
Doing that sounds difficult doesn’t it? Without Christ—it is. But for us to emulate Him, we have to try. Our focus in this day and age should be people, not who they are, where they’ve come from or what they’ve done…but on where they are in Christ. What is their focus on…who do they look to when things aren’t exactly right? Yet how can we show them Jesus if we don’t love them? If we treat them differently because of the way they’re dressed, the places in life they’ve been, or the amount of money they may or may not have. That’s not they way that God loves us. Let’s take a closer look at how we ‘see’ others. Let’s try a little harder to love more and judge less. Let’s let nothing come between us and showing others the kind of love God shows us.
My prayer is that each time I look in the mirror I see more of Jesus and less of me. I want to love the way He does. I want to see people through the eyes of Christ.