Forming a negative opinion based on appearance takes less than 20 seconds. As Thelma Wells says: “It’s easy to do when someone doesn’t look, sound, shake hands, walk or think like you.” However, John says, ‘Anyone who does not love his brother…cannot love God’ (1Jn 4:20 NIV).
You cannot love God if you harbor bad feelings towards others. We’re more than flesh. We’re spiritual beings and our God-given gifts, character, values, intellect and passions are the foundation of who we are, not our complexion, height, weight, hair color, age, mannerisms or sexual orientation.
When we realize God loves us even though He doesn’t like some of our attitudes and actions, it becomes easier to love others. When we realize our negative feelings towards others get in the way of our love for God, it becomes easier to love. And when
we’re in communion with our Creator, asking Him to to give us His eyes and heart…it becomes easier to love. Jesus said, ‘If you only love the lovable, do you expect a pat on the back? [Even] run-of-the-mill sinners do that.’ (Lk 6:31 TM).
It may never be easy to love certain people, but when you make the tough choice to love them anyway, the rewards are always worth it.” The Bible says, “Love never fails,” and when you refuse to love, you miss out on God’s best.
One Bible teacher says: “Don’t miss out on any of it…God is love, and when you release love, you release God, and He becomes responsible for the outcome. Release love every moment into every situation, every prayer and every thought…it will strengthen…and cast out fear…it’s the one solution that always work.
I would like to take this moment to thank ALL of you who have not only shown me love this year but also encouragement, patience and respect. I wish you many blessings and have a safe & joyous holiday season. Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
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