We have charitable arms of our churches and faith-based organizations doing what they can to help the community but we only allow them to do so much. Many of us are more eager to send money halfway around the world than we are down the street. [I love mission work so don't get caught up]
We make judgements on those around us. We think because of their need they've sinned or are immoral. We tell them if they had more faith or if they gave more in the offering they would be blessed. The judgements and this twisted thinking become a harsh standard to which those in need must measure up.
What is wrong with us?
I'm not attempting to bring judgement. I'm checking my own heart. We have to open our eyes to the greater issue.
We have forgotten to LOVE.
I don't know what love looks like to you but there are times real love looks like discomfort. Doing things you don't want to, going somewhere you never thought you would or helping someone you'd rather not. But that's not always the case.
Personally I have experienced some great moments when I got out of my comfort zone and acted "for the sake of love".
I can't just write this and not let the change start with me.
I've been a class A jerk lately because I'm in a rough patch. The issue has taken a lot of mental real estate, specifically in the area of patience. In other words I've been short-tempered.
I have no excuse. Life has rough patches and I have to take it as it comes and love all the way through it. And I will. For those I've been short with or hurt I apologize. Please forgive me for not living the life of love and honor that I said I would. I've been too focused on my own little world.
Christians we have the uncommon weapons of love, honor, unity and repentance. We should use them.
After all the One we follow said:
|John 13:34-35 Amplified|
We're supposed to look like Love. It starts with me. Are you in?