Sunday, February 5, 2017

A MATTER OF FAITH: LOVING UGLY

“You have been taught to love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you this: love your enemies. Pray for those who torment you and persecute you— in so doing, you become children of your Father in heaven. He, after all, loves each of us—good and evil, kind and cruel. He causes the sun to rise and shine on evil and good alike. He causes the rain to water the fields of the righteous and the fields of the sinner. It is easy to love those who love you—even a tax collector can love those who love him.”   MATTHEW 5:43-46 VOICE TRANSLATION


There is much hate in the world today, it has always been there but it seems to be more acceptable to hate now; hate is the new love. The news reminds us of just how much hate there is in the world with reports of killings, rapes, and verbal assaults. The result of this increased incidents or reporting of hate is more hate - hate begets hate.

Hate is contagious, hate is ugly. You may think it is to strong a term to use yet what we see is contrary to love. The abhorrent words and deeds of many are very real.

There are organizations out there that speak of love and tolerance yet they do not tolerate those who disagree with their entire agenda. They promote loving who they say to love and how they say to love and tolerate those who accept them even if their behavior does not line up with God’s word. Scripture is the measuring stick to what love is.

Jesus teaches in Matthew: We know how to love our neighbors, we know how to hate our enemies this is easy. As followers of Him we cannot respond to the world as the world responds to us. We must learn to love the person who speaks and behaves ugly, we must respond in love.

Love is contagious, love is beautiful. Love does not accept bad behavior or terrible words. Love responds to the love of God in that individual.

Is it easy to love someone who wants to kill you? Doctor Martin Luther King Junior did. How did he love such ugly people? The same way Jesus did. Dr. King understood the ignorance that plagued the mind of the racist people that attacked both people of color and the Jewish people. Jesus said as He died on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”(Luke 23:34).

Jesus loved ugly. What they did to Him was ugly yet he prayed for them. How do you pray for someone who treats you terribly?

In Matthew Jesus stated that we have been taught to love our neighbors and to hate our enemies, if this is so then we can be taught to love our neighbors and our enemies. For some people it is difficult to love some family members, to love known enemies is a level of faith not everyone wants to achieve. As followers of Jesus, we must remember: we are not trying to please men but please Father God. It is our love for our enemies that distinguishes us from non-believers.

Everyone has access to blessings that come from above. “For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”(Matthew 5:45 NKJV) Sin is sin, there is not big sin that is unforgivable or little sin that is ignored by God; we all fall short of His requirements. As Believers we not only partake of the blessings that everyone receives but the abundant life promised by Jesus. Those who do not believe have that same opportunity but it is important that our behavior does not turn them away from the Truth.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” JOHN 3:16-17


If we look at a person as a future brother or sister in Christ we can learn to hate the sin and love the sinner. Now this does not mean you become best friends and develop an active social life with those who do not know the Lord. Love them enough that you do not become hateful.


“Therefore  “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” ROMANS 12: 20-21

Making sure your enemy does not freeze to death is not the same thing as being a punching bag. Consider this: Jesus knew Peter had a sword (John 18:10-11), there are times when you will have to fight but there are also times when you should not (Matthew 26:51-56), as followers of Christ we should know the difference.

““Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword” MATTHEW 10:34


“And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?”
So they said, “Nothing.”
Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. LUKE 22:35-36

When people say nasty things about us it is important to remember that they are blinded to the Truth. Satan has . I repeat: Satan has convinced them that God’s word is irrelevant. Satan uses scientist doctors, educators on all levels, politicians and religious leaders to promote his ungodly agenda.  In love we are to share the Truth by our actions first and words when appropriate.

Despite all of our attempts to show the love of God in a tangible way the Truth may be rejected. Those who reject the Truth should be pitied not hated.

“Let us think about ·each other and help each other [or how to provoke/rouse/encourage each another] to show love and do good deeds.”
HEBREWS 10:24 THE EXPANDED BIBLE

The goal is to love the hell out of people not give them a reason to continue to act ugly.

“Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. “ 1 PETER 2:7-10

When you demonstrate the love of God ugly has to either get out of the way or follow Him.   xxx  written by Marsha L F Randolph

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