“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another.” John 13:34
Love, that’s what it is all about. Not really. I see so much less love in the world these days and can’t understand what is so difficult about this command. You treat someone fairly and they should treat you the same way.
I am aware that some people are harder to love than others. It has become my full-time job to make peace with people who are upset or angry with me. I can’t stand the thought of possibly dying without making peace first, and since no one knows the time of our demise, it is a good policy to be ready at all times. But there are those who are angry or disappointed with something I’ve done or said, and I am not aware of the problem. I just hope when I reach the pearly gates St. Peter won’t be standing by to tell me I can’t enter until I make peace with so and so.
Today, we put too much emphasis on hating the sinner instead of the sin. If we profess to be a Christian, we are obligated to try to forgive everyone. It has been over two weeks since the presidential election and ugly comments and untruths continue to be spread around. Think of the love lost that won’t accomplish anything.
Lord, give us a new sense of how to love one another. Amen.