By David Cariaga
I recently wrote on Love and Maturity as true Children of God. I wanted to write more on this issue as I see people worshipping God yet cannot show their Love toward others or in the other way I heard people confess their love on others yet do not truly believe and serve God. Which is which? Where do we Christians belong?
Now, I would like to entertain and dwell on the sayings that I read that says “if you cannot love people (with their mistakes and imperfection or race and nationality), you cannot love God.” Loving people and the willingness to overlook at their weaknesses is what we have to focus on. Who among us people are perfect before we can start loving? Can’t we not accept the idea that all are in a position of struggling and has each own weaknesses? Can’t we not just be an encouragement to others so the word of God can be everyone’s guide to make our lives right? If “AGAPE” love is unconditional love, it is NOT based on emotion at all. This is a decision we make to love another person whether they love us back or not – it means that “we Christians” must love somebody even if he is your enemy. JK Rowling said exactly what we needed to know to show the true love in us when he said, “if you want to know what a man’s like, take a look at how he treats his inferiors, not equals.”
Our common concept is that we can only love those who flatter our ego directly or indirectly – meaning, we simply focus on the extension of our “self love.” Loving the rest of the humanity is a bit “so” difficult because it requires getting over our love for our own self. In other words, it means self sacrifice which is so obviously difficult to perform. Allow me to be frank Brethren, your worship, time and effort in coming to church are all waste if you cannot LOVE your fellow Christian or the Humanity as a whole. Yes, I agree that we do not like “worldly works” that the world is doing but loving your brother and sister or anyone is a command. All of us are going to have certain individuals even within the Church – that we have to struggle to love. Yet the Bible is very clear “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” 1 John 4:7 (NIV). Jesus himself commanded us to love “agape” others, not because they share the same thoughts with you, not because they are rich, or have the same race or nationality but because it is a COMMAND TO LOVE “Agape” EACH OTHER as followers of Christ.
The plain simple message of this article is to encourage everyone to be good, compassionate, caring and concern to the people around us especially that we are God’s followers. Jesus words fit exactly as mentioned in Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (KJV) Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (NIV)
Brother David Cariaga is the pulpit minister at the Convoy Avenue Church of Christ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.