1 John 4:20-21
If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Written by: Russ Ripley
The world around us is so divided today. We huddle up in groups with other people who look just like us, act just like us, talk just like us, and believe just like us. We allow the enemy of our souls to fool us into thinking this is somehow OK and maybe even God’s plan. Is this God’s plan for His people?
In Revelation 7:9-10 the Bible says: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”
These were people from all tribes, nations, and languages. That is God’s plan.
As Jesus followers, we should be the example to a lost and broken world. We should be His church, reaching out to those who are different from us.
This isn’t an “us and them” problem. This is a “me” problem. I need to see people as God sees them. I need to pray God helps me “love my brother and sister” as Jesus loves them. When I allow Jesus to change me, He changes His Church and the world.
Thought of the day: Do you see people as “us and them” or do you allow God to open your eyes to what He sees?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see people as You see them. Help me to love people as You love them. Change me to be more like Jesus today. Amen.