Do Everything in Love

 

It’s sad that Christians are accused of being haters because we refuse to conform to the pattern of the world and accept those things which go against God’s Word.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2

However, have we given much consideration to why or how anyone could form such an opinion of those of us who are called to love one another? As Christians, we are to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.

“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”  1 John 2:6 

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” 1 Corinthians 11:1

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”  1 Peter 2:21

As Christians, though we may not agree with another’s lifestyle, we are not commanded to judge them; we are commanded to love them.  Is that not what Jesus did?  As Christians, we are called to love even those the majority of us would consider unlovable, such as the person who recently viciously killed so many innocent people in a theater in Colorado.  To love such a person is an extremely tall order to fill; however, eternal life in heaven with the Father is no small reward.

Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  1 John 4:7-10

I can’t help but wonder what would happen in this country today if a huge revival were to take place and the churches (buildings) were filled to overflowing with those who are lost and seeking the Lord.  I’m not convinced the church (the body of believers) would be prepared to love them as Jesus Christ loves us.  It’s with love that I tell you, it’s time  for the church (the body of believers) to wake up, be transformed, and do everything in love!

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

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About Alecia Roberts

First and foremost, I am a Christian. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I wrote The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing while my husband was working overseas as a civilian contractor. The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing is my testimony of God's amazing love, grace and power in a surrendered life and heart. It was released on May 29, 2012. I lost my middle daughter, Heather who suffered from mental illness and addiction to an overdose in October of 2015. Since then I've dedicated my life to confronting addiction and promoting changes in North Carolina that will hopefully save lives.
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