The song “What the world needs now” was sung in 1965 by Jackie Deshannon. The lyrics continue: “is love sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.” It’s not a Christian song, but it certainly has a message which the Bible teaches over and over again. If you look up the word love in the back of the scriptures you find many commands to love. When Jesus was asked which of the commandments were the most important, He said to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” was the first and the second was to “love your neighbor as yourself.” The first one isn’t that hard as we know God loved us so much that “He sent His only begotten Son that we might have eternal life.” But that second one is very difficult. What if you have a neighbor, co-worker, or relative who is difficult, rude, and ignorant? That puts a whole new light on this loving the neighbor thing doesn’t it? The Lord has been dealing with me this week about this very thing. It is easy to love someone who treats you good and loves you back, but the Bible says that “even the heathen do this.” We are to be different, We are to manifest the love of Christ. I believe Christ knew this would be difficult, but He gave us examples during his ministry. The most important example was on the cross when he forgave those who had nailed Him up there. “Father forgive them. For they know not what they do.” They were ignorant of what they were doing to the very Son of God. Sometimes people we deal with are ignorant as well. Can we show the love of Christ to those around us even if they treat us badly? It is a lesson in Christian maturity which I have not yet reached. I admit that I need to allow Christ to work in me to allow this to happen. What about you?
Lord, forgive me for not being your witness in this lost and dying world. Help me to allow your Spirit to teach me Your way of love and forgiveness. Amen