First off, apologies for the delay in posting. I’ve been pretty busy lately. Moving on…
Let’s start with this question:
What is the difference between Christian love and the love of non-believers?
Here’s what Jesus says in Matthew 5:43-47…
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
This verse makes it clear that the only difference is this: Christians love people (and show it) even when the person being loved doesn’t deserve it.
This is tough. But following Jesus can be tough.
When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet (including Judas Iscariot’s), He knew that Judas was going to stab Him in the back. But He washed His feet anyway. And then He said…
I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (John 13:15-16)
How will you show love to somebody that doesn’t deserve it today?