Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:11 NASB
Some things in this world I will never understand and I accept that. But the one I cannot accept is a Christian who has hate in their heart. It goes against the nature of Christ. The text today speaks to the dichotomy. If God so loved us, we should love one another. This can only come about when we truly give ourselves to Him and we recognize that all humanity are the brothers and sisters we need to love.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Luke 6:36 NASB
We live in an era where mercy is seen as an undesirable quality. You should instead seek to conquer and be without mercy is the rallying cry.
But we are not called to be like the world. We are called to be like God, who has infinite mercy towards us. The unmerciful god would have destroyed us on the first transgression of his law. But God had a plan to make sure that we could forever be connected to Him and to also once and for all deal with the desire to break His law.
That my friends is true mercy. Someone messing up what you gave them and you having a way to restore them to their perfect state.
but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
1 John 2:5-6 NASB
We ought to walk as He walked. Yeah, we aren’t doing that. Christ walked among the common folk. He walked among the marginalized and ostracized. He rested at watering holes in towns talking to adultresses. I mean do we really want to walk as He walked?
Some of the above is said for hyperbole but the point is clear. Christ came and didn’t discriminate on who He associated with. You could find Him everywhere from the synagogue to a tax collector’s house. And that’s the point. That in His walk we can see that salvation is truly available to all. Let’s start operating that way.
The idea that God would rescue us from our mistakes and redeem us to Himself should give all of us pause. God didn’t write us off but instead is willing that all would come to know Him and accept the gift of salvation. That anyone would choose to pass on this is mind-boggling.
Let’s really live out the calling for our lives and be His children. Let us strive to share Him with others so that they too may know Him.
But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
2 Peter 3:13 NASB
Well, we are supposed to be looking for new heavens and a new earth. However I feel like some of us have given up hope that we will get there and we are settling for this place. Friends, let us continue to press on lest we have labored in vain. God is faithful and He will not leave His promises unfulfilled. We must continue to trust Him.
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.
Psalms 68:5 NASB
It’s hard to explain to someone what it is like to lose your father. You hope you never have to, truth be told. But passage like this remind me that God looks out for His people. In scripture particular emphasis is placed on God’s closeness to the fatherless and to widows. He steps in and makes sure that His children are provided for and that their mothers are provided for. He then fills the void left and nureturns and disciplines in His own way so that the child grows and continues to stay on the path that He intended for them.
At least that has been my experience.
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Luke 6:38 NASB
We love to receive. Giving, not so much. Giving means that I am willing to part with what I have and we are selfish by nature. But look at what Christ says about what happens when we give. We get it back pressed down, shaken together and over flowing. In other words, what we get back is more than what we gave. We just need to trust Him that His word is true.