Hi everyone, this is the final week on the topic of “light after darkness” I’ll be going more into the subject of next months topic in a separate post, it’s one i’m personally looking forward to exploring with all of you!
This month has seemed to be about personal suffering, how Jesus will find us in our lowest moments and bring us closer, and how God’s ever lasting love will always be with us, even if we push him away. And this is still an important factor of this weeks post, but i feel I’ve only glanced on how we’re meant to be with each other. We are not only called to know God’s love first hand, but to share that amazing love with our loved ones so that they may know the greatest father.
Matthew 22 (36 to 40) says “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” A good Christian life is a loving one, Loving God and loving those around us. Okay, so that seems pretty straight forward, just be “nice” to people around us, and that’s what loving those around us is, right? Well this is a sentiment i really disagree with. Are you just “nice” to your friends? Are you just “Friendly” with your family? I’m going to guess in most cases not, because those are the people you love, those are the people you truly care about, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but a follower of Christ isn’t just called to “be nice” to their neighbor, or “be friendly” to those we don’t really get along with, we’re called to love those around us.
That’s not to say that this is an easy thing to do, because their will always be someone you don’t get along with, someone that, for some reason, just really annoys you, and it’s hard to like people you don’t get along with, let alone love them. But no one said being a follower of Christ was easy. He is a faultless, loving God that would do anything for those he loves, if it’s right for them. And, We’re called to love all people.
Well that’s all well and good, but how do you show love to someone that you don’t know too well if it’s not just being nice or friendly? Well the saying i go by is “To truly love those around us, we have to be kind, not nice” Now, i say that because i honestly believe there’s a huge difference between being “nice” and kind. Being nice is pretending to be interested in someone’s goals and dreams, then moving on with your day without a second thought for that person, it’s putting on a smile but as soon as their back is turned, spewing venom about them, running their name through the dirt. But kindness is something that’s hard to find but easy to give. Kindness is helping someone that you may not know that well, even if it slightly inconveniences you, it’s being the same to someone’s face as you would be when they’re not around to stand up for themselves, it’s being there for them in the darkness and the light.
Love is kindness, anyone in this world can be nice, but what this world needs is kindness, and with the love of Jesus, we can be the love this words needs. The best way to get people to know the love of God is to show them the love he gives us, The God of love isn’t about a nice word them moving on to the next person, he’s much more tender than that, he cares about you a lot more than just shaking your hand and moving on to the next one to be saved, he will change your life for the better if you just give him the chance, and we’re called to help those that don’t know him yet realize that!
Thank you for joining me this month, and for the support since i started this blog. Thank you for reading and may god bless you.