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Day 15: No Choice but to Love

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 15, 2011


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Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” – 1 John 4:20-21

I could write long devotional on this passage, but this one is about as self explanatory as they get.

We do not get to pick and choose who we love.

The old saying, “You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family” is not just true about blood relatives, but spiritual relatives as well.

Oh, we try to pick our spiritual brothers and sisters by finding the “right church”, when all we are really saying is, “I need to find a place with people I like that fits my needs.”

Might I suggest a challenge? If you are looking around for the “right church”… STOP!

There is only one church (that is any place that believes Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life), and you don’t need to find a church that believes your way, or has people you like in it to be in the right place. In fact, you may find that you will grow better relationally, spiritually and emotionally in a church where you don’t “fit in”.

You will only grow in your love when you are at a place where it is hard to love. Where love is not challenged, love is weak.

However, you need to know the balance between subjecting yourself to abuse and learning to love those that are outside your comfort zone.

If you go to a church that is “different”, and stop looking for the “right fit”, and instead of just attending, you involve yourself by using your gifts in that place, you might just find that there are many brothers and sisters there that were trying to hide in a crowd of people just like them and needed you there to help them grow in love too.

As much as you might think that someone else is unlovely, the same can always be said about you, and besides, like John says, you don’t have a choice but to love.

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One Response to “Day 15: No Choice but to Love”

  1. towel1man said

    Thanks brother. It is amazing how blind we are to this simple truth, when we are blinded by lies. So many things can take our focus off the FACT that HE 1st loved us when we were unloveable. We allow hurts to rob us of showing love in a situation where ONLY love can repair the damage.
    I needed to be reminded of this today. I have focused so much on certain actions that I have become blind to the truth that “love covers a multitude of sins”. If I can receive love when I deserved death then I need to show live when I have been wronged.
    Thanks again brother, today I NEEDED this.

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