TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
“This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Love doesn’t come natural. We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother…Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.”
1 John 3:13-14 (NLT2)
LOVING PEOPLE DIFFERENT THAN ME ISN’T POPULAR
In one Peanuts cartoon Lucy says to Charlie Brown, “I hate everything. I hate everybody. I hate the whole wide world!” Charlie says, “But I thought you had inner peace.” Lucy replies, “I do have inner peace. But I still have outer obnoxiousness.”
The world is filled with “outer obnoxiousness.” If you don’t believe me just turn on the news or scroll through your social media pages. Hatred isn’t new and hatred for Christians isn’t new either. John gives the example of Cain hating Abel because of Abel’s righteous actions. John is challenging us to be loving but also warning us that not everyone is going to like it when we try to love.
Some of you have tried to remain loving in the midst of the great divisiveness in our nation. It hasn’t been easy. Whether it’s racial, political or religious differences, we are called to do our best to love people in the name of Jesus.
Thank God that He has given you an opportunity to show His love to a world that desperately needs to see and hear genuine love. Pray specifically for anyone who has given you a hard time for your Christian beliefs. Pray God would open their heart to His love.