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Loving Everyone

2 Timothy 4:2

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.

June 2019Paul – an Apostle – told a young pastor – Timothy – to preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2) Paul also wrote these words to Timothy – 2 Timothy 3:16–17 – 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. God’s Word is to be obeyed. God’s Word is clear on many topics. God’s Word directs us in many ways in our lives. Amen and Amen!

I’m not a young pastor anymore – nor am I an Apostle – but the Word of God – as I read it – tells me to love one another – not hate on anyone. I see far too much hatred in the world – and at times – sadly – from folks claiming to be Christians. Showing others love is a commandment of God’s Word for God’s people. Church goers – politicians – and others seem to be filled with hate these days rather than love.

We’re told to hate sin – we’re told to love one another. We’re told to love God more than anything or anyone. Matthew 10:37 – Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

We’re called by Jesus to love God with all that we have and all that we are. Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

We’re told that people will know us by our love. Hatred is not part of what a Christian should express to or about anyone. We should rebuke evil – hatred – wherever we find it – in love.

We’re told by Jesus to love even our enemies. Matthew 5:43-44 – 43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. This is not an easy word to hear. Loving those who love us is easy or easier – but loving those who are our enemies – even those who persecute us – is tough. Yet that is how much we should rebuke hatred.

John tells us that those who hate will hide – and not come out into the light (where their hate will be seen). John 3:20 – Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

I believe we are called to speak out – in love – when others – especially Christian brothers or sisters (or those who claim to be) – speak hatred or evil about others. This includes using words that are not positive or are gossip. This includes demeaning words and I believe words that lump a people in a group – like all blonds are __________. We are all individuals – it matters not our skin color – our nation of origin – our economic status – or our religious beliefs.

It is not enough to not hate. We are called – IMHO – to speak up when others are belittled or demeaned in our presence (this includes when people talk about our pastor or our boss or someone else in our life).

Let us pray about our tongue and our keyboard (social media). Let us also think about how others speak or type in our presence – and speak up in love to the aid of others.

I was reading some posts on a private group and on my public feed – and some were very upset about videos making the rounds on social media and the news from our POTUS – from certain congress persons and from haters of America. These show hateful comments being made about others. They are filled with bad language and racism. We need to rebuke such expressions as hate talk and – in love – try to impact those around us.

Let me get personal! You can like the Redskins but not hate the Cowboys! You can like the Ravens but not hate the Steelers! You can like the Orioles but not hate the Yankees. You can be a Republican without hating Democrats. You can be Orthodox and not hate Progressives in our denomination. Dislike all you want – but hatred of any kind is to be rebuked! Let us guard our tongue – our ears – and our typing. Just saying!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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