You’re Not Jesus
The Bible says much about loving people:
Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44), Love your neighbor (Mark 12:31) and there’s no end to the number of times we’re told to Love one another (John 13:34; 15:12, 17; Romans 13:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22, 3:8; 1 John 3:11, 23, 4:7, 11-12 and more).
The thread is so prominent in the New Testament you can’t miss it.
And it is so prevailing that we usually extrapolate the meaning to,
Christians are to love everybody!
That’s a mouthful! In fact, it’s a little too much.
I wouldn’t say the idea is entirely wrong but it might be overstating the point. There is a big gap between loving the people we know and loving all the ones we don’t know.
But forget the magnitude of everydoby. We don’t do a very good job of loving the few with whom we make contact.
We spend an inordinate amount of time distrusting, not believing and not liking the people with whom we have proximity: the ones next door, down the street, in the next work cubicle, in the cars on the road and on the TV screen.
And those are just the people we see. If we struggle with those few, how could we ever love everybody, the whole world.
To clear the air and reiterate the reality: [Read more…]