Without Love

The Apostle Paul writes in I Corinthians 13 that no matter what he does, without love he is nothing.

What I have found most troubling and saddening over the past four years is the hatred which self-professed Christians have expressed and displayed for President Trump. One can disagree with policy, proclamations, actions, and words. In fact, one can vigorously oppose these things. I will certainly be opposing the Biden administration’s expected promotion of infanticide and abortion without restriction. But what a Christian is not allowed to do is hate.

Jesus said in John 15:9, “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you.” He said that He loves those who belong to Him in the same way that the Father loves Him. He also said in John 13:34 that believers are to “love one another as I have loved you.” So, within the brotherhood of faith, we are to love one another the same way that Christ loves us the same way that the Father loves the Son.

OK. What about those who are not believers? They are not our brothers, but they are our neighbors. Mark 12:31 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But what about our enemies? Matthew 5:44 (and other places, as well) “Love your enemies.”

As believers, we have acknowledged our own sin, repented, and sought forgiveness at the cross of Christ. We are to forgive others as we have been forgiven. We are to love others as we have been loved. There is no room in a Christian’s heart for hate. If you have hate in your heart, your heart is not filled with Christ. If you have hate in your heart, you are walking in darkness. If you have hate in your heart, you are in willful disobedience and rebellion against God. If you have hate in your heart, you are, as Paul confesses, nothing.

God says that vengeance is His, not ours. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. All will stand before Christ to be judged. That is His responsibility. Our responsibility is to live in this world as representatives of His eternal kingdom.

May the love of Christ fill your heart, and may His love drive out your hate. Let us not walk as those in the world, but let us walk in the light of His love and grace.

Pastor Haney

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