Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Love One Another

    1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away." Matthew 22:39, "And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." John 13:34-35, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

     All throughout the Bible, we hear about love, how we should love each other, and how God loves those who loves others as you see in Matthew 25. As a human being, it is very difficult to love some people. Sometimes, I'll be talking to someone and think, "Wow, you are one of the most lovable people in the universe!"  But, in Matthew 25:40 says, "And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'" This is saying that we have to love even the most difficult people, not just the easiest. Luke 6:32-37, "If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."

     We have to do what is one of the hardest things about being a Christian; we have to love everyone. There are some people who, every time I talk to them, it seems like the only joy they find is life is making me want to hurt them. These are the kind of people that Jesus was talking about. And we need to love them as well. It may be difficult, but if getting to Heaven was easy, then what would be the point of it? Most of the time, the hard thing to do is the right thing to do.