As I flipped open to The Book Of James his morning I began to chuckle, admiring the way Holy Spirit works. With God’s timing being ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, who wouldn’t laugh?
I began to read and Holy Spirit started pointing things out to me in a different light that I once never saw them. Now, here I am, sharing with you what I feel led to write.
Let’s skip to Chapter 2, shall we?
It starts with:
“My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?”
James 2:1 NLT
Do you love everyone on an even plane? No matter their race, sexuality, economic status, hair color, car they drive, how many kids they have, divorced, not divorced, how they may have treated us in the past,
we are not called to judge, but to love our neighbor as ourself.
I feel we all struggle sometimes with this one. Not understanding how to love, knowing what love is, causes every word that comes from our mouth, worthless.(1Corinthians 13:1).Not showing favoritism also includes people that may have really hurt you in the past. If you are sitting on the other side of the screen thinking, “oh this definitely isn’t me”, I truly believe we can always love a little deeper than the day before. I struggle at times letting go of past hurt, trying not to show partiality to someone who has never hurt me when in comparison to someone that may have left some scars or said something when they were angry in spite, knowing it would hurt me. However, I have needed forgiveness for many things I have done in my life. Others deserve forgiveness too. Forgiveness sets you free.
I really enjoy writing this blog. Even if no one else needed to hear this, I still grew a deeper understanding.
I don’t understand racism. I don’t understand discrimination based on your sexuality or gender either. Once again, God didn’t call me to judge, he called me to love.
“Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law. For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law. So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.”
James 2:8-13 NLT
God is a lover. The ultimate lover. Thinking that God was a condemning God was one of the strongholds
the enemy had on me. When you invite God into your life, you learn continually. You have to unlearn things, break out of bondage and start walking in freedom. You learn that love is supernatural. God is love. God is also a merciful God. He knows we are going to take a wrong turn even before we take it, and he’s here to forgive and keep cheering for us, coaching us to follow the example of Christ and apply the word to our daily life.
With recent events, I deleted the Facebook app off my phone. I have it on my iPad still. I was so tired of all the hate. I understand that people are hurting one another, in more ways then one…However, are you speaking life into people who don’t know what true love is? Or are you supporting
the enemy by spreading negativity throughout the feeds of millions? We are in a world that doesn’t know how Love. They don’t know God. Whenever someone hurts me or at least attempts to, I just keep in mind that it’s a heart problem and we aren’t in a war against flesh and blood, but of rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
If you read this post and somewhere in here Holy Spirit has convicted you of something, ask Abba to forgive you, turn in the opposite direction, and put into practice what you’ve learned. If you feel like you’re great at loving others, that’s awesome! But I challenge you to ask God how you can love others a little deeper. With God’s love, it’s endless. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. -Ephesians 5:1-2