LOVE WITHOUT LIMITS
Tina Turner ask the question, what does love has to do with it? The answer is everything. I have found out that I can love, but there are some limits on far I will go. I love my Family, I love you if you love me back, I love God or do I? Because the Word says that, how can I hate my Brother who I see every day and say that I love God who I have never seen. God said that I am not telling the truth. God has commanded us to Love, not an option. Again I do not have a problem with love, but love without limits, I need some help with this and just maybe you do as well. How can I love someone who killed my child, how can I love someone who hurt me over and over again? We live in a society of raw power, the one with the strongest fists or the most guns wins. Instead of the Golden Rule. We say I do not get mad , I get even.
All of these expressions are natural responses, however, you and I are called to live a supernatural life. Are we there yet? In the Book of Matthew 5:44 ‘ But I tell you , love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you. How do we get there and why do I want to get there?
Jesus says, when you love without limits, you are like God because God is love. Jesus is our example, when he was slapped He turn the other cheek. Jesus was saying we must avoid retaliation and personal revenge. If you are a child of God you must remember what your Father said ( God) I will fight your battles. We must trust that God will take care of it. He did say that I will bless who bless you and curse who curse you, you are my child. But Lord how can do what you said to do?
Just do it, no matter what they did to you, you are still commanded to love your enemy. However Jesus does not say that you need to like your enemy or like what he does. You love the person but hate the deed. God loves the sinner but hates sin. Agape love requires that you are concerned about the welfare of even your haters. This means that you will feed them if they are hungry. Pray for them. Why should you love your haters? Jesus gives the purpose in loving your enemies. Matthew 5:38
So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven, for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good. God is our Father, like Father, like Son. When we deal with both enemies and friends with their highest good in mind, we are like God, because that is how He deals with us. He came to save us all, good, bad and the ugly . Why should I love my Haters? God said ” For if you love those who love you what reward, do you have? do not even the tax collectors do the same?
Jesus said, ” Therefore you are to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. That is in love, just do it because Jesus said so. We are called to disciples.
Why should I love my Haters? Because it will destroy us on the inside, it will kill our joy, peace and happiness . It will destroy you and the other person.
God said you abide in Me and I abide in you. You can not help but to love everyone, do not think about it, just do it.
To God Be The Glory
Bishop A. R.Thomas