“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
I remember the first time as a little girl falling in love with the portrayal of love within Jesus. I really think He became my super hero. When it came to Jesus, all I could think about was how I wanted to be like Him. I know, over the years, I have fallen short of that. The main thing is I keep on going and so should you!
With all of the difficult things that are going on in the world, I question what Jesus thinks when He looks at His Bride in strife. Oh, I know He loves us, that is for sure! What I mean, is I wonder, if He ever weeps over our lack of love and compassion between one another when we disagree. He gave us guidelines to live and love by. Those things are clear. I often wonder why we don’t all try a bit harder to obey Him in them.
Should a Pastor go and pursue “that one” who walked away?
Should we go to our brother or sister when they offended us and mend fences?
Should we lovingly pray for one another the way we are instructed to, and let even our enemies know we pray for them?
Should we pray every single day for God to give to us the grace, the strength, and obedience to follow Jesus as closely as we humanly can with His help?
Maybe I wonder too much. Maybe I hope too much. I guess my biggest wonder is when we will drop down the walls and allow one another to come into our heart space. Not that we don’t on a smaller scale; maybe within our denomination or our church. The Body of Christ is filled with wonderful and amazing treasures that could never be replaced. We are unique, highly favored by God, and chosen by God through Christ. Since we are all of that, I wonder if we can all see one another that way?
Some points to at least ponder
Pastor Jenine Marie Howry