Absolutely everything! Do you love God? I mean really love Him. Not the kind of surface, shallow love that exists because something amazing just happened in your life but the kind that exists when you don’t get your way, bills are due, the children and/or the husband isn’t acting right, and your stress level is at an all time high. Do you love Him then?
If you say you love Him, then why do you hate your brother?
If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? I John 4:20 NKJV
My heart ached as I watched the mob ensue around this young man. Seeking refuge he ran into a clothing boutique in fear of his life. I’ll spare showing you the video that I was subjected to but I’ll paint the scene. Picture it, you’re going about your day walking across the parking lot in a strip mall when you see a young man pull out a tube of lipstick and apply it to his lips. What do you do? Do you move along about your business or do you begin to hurl angry insults, grab your cellphone to take a picture and begin to cause a ruckus? You say you love God, right? Well, why do you hate your brother?
Someone recently shared a video with me and in a particular country a young man was seen doing as I just described. Instead of minding their own business and greeting the young man with a “hello,” he was chased into a clothing store as people tried to take pictures and video with their cell phone. The crowd grew to well over 200 people – all of them hurling insults, degrading him and calling for him to come out of the store (which locked their doors to provide a place of refuge for him). The police were called and had to escort him out and into their car. He came out with his head covered and although he was placed in the police car the crowd began to chant and push the car. I could only imagine what would have happened if the crowd would have actually got to him.
I was simply infuriated. You say you love God, right? Well, not if you hate your brother. I anxiously looked through the crowd for the “good” Samaritan. I am sure there had to be at least one person in the crowd who professed to love Jesus.
Loving Jesus, means doing it when it’s not convenient, when it goes against the tradition, and when you disagree with someone’s lifestyle. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Fornicator, Adulterer, Liar, Cheater, Black, Brown, White, Short, Tall, Fat, Skinny, Long Hair, Short Hair –God loved all of us so much that He gave his only begotten Son for us so that we would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
I am so glad to know that God’s love covers my sins and yours. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” I Peter 4:8 NKJV
Thank You for showing me unconditional love. You have loved me even when I don’t feel like loving myself. Lord teach me how to love like you do. Help me to understand that love is an action verb and my brothers and sisters should feel it at all times – even when I disagree with them. Encourage my soul and help me to love strangers just as you do because they too are your creation. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Ladies I EMPOWER you to LOVE. Check yourself. Are you showing love to your brothers and sisters? I EMPOWER you to show love to someone that you do not know. Remember to love others just as you want God to love you.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is a small business owner as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.