What’s love got to do with it?
What will it take for people to love one another? Jesus Christ made it simple for us: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your souls and with all your mind … and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself,” Matthew 22:37-39. His words are not just some religious concept; they are the way to live a significant life! In our culture, it seems that people will love each other if they agree or if you win their approval. Keep yourself free of mistakes, and you’ll be loved. Is that really what God intended? I don’t think so. Don’t you agree it’s better to love rather than hate or react with apathy toward others? When we actually love one another, we grow within ourselves the traits of compassion, mercy, tolerance, justice, discipline and forgiveness. Imagine a world where love is our first response. Politicians, church leaders, local communities and individuals would stop, look and listen … and ask themselves: “What is the most loving thing I can do … ?” Aren’t we all the in same boat? Aren’t we all imperfect? That’s why the Bible encourages us: “If anyone sins, you who are spiritual should restore him gently … carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, fulfill the law of Christ,” Galatians 6:1-2. We are human beings; we know what it’s like to fail, experience pain and make mistakes. In response to our shortcomings, God comes to us in our brokenness, filling us with his acceptance and love rather than judgment and anger. He even has compassion and understanding when we make foolish choices!Tina Turner was wrong – love is not some second hand emotion. It is the power of the Almighty translating compassion and mercy into our souls and circumstances. Because we are the supreme object of his love, the Lord invites us to love each other as we love ourselves. Let’s start now being merciful; let’s encourage our families, community, neighbors and friends to do the most loving thing! Jesus said, “If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of the little ones, he’ll not lose his reward!” Matthew 10:42. Lots of people out there and in your home are “thirsty.” And with Jesus Christ, you’ve got that cup in your hand. Will you do the most loving thing?Vail, Colorado