For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14 NLT)
When we believers lose the motivation of love, we become critical of others. We stop looking for good in them and see only their faults. Soon we lose our unity. Have you talked behind someone’s back? Have you focused on others’ shortcomings instead of their strengths? Remind yourself of Jesus’ command to love others as you love yourself (Matthew 22:39). When you begin to feel critical of someone, make a list of that person’s positive qualities. When problems need to be addressed, confront in love rather than gossip. (Tyndal Study Bible)
As I ponder this scripture, I remember how I was before I got saved or “reborn”. Even the people in the Bible questioned this concept of being “born again.”
I had an opportunity to lead a group in Bible study that where ex-drug addicts and street people. I started doing that as a young Christian. I had favourites within the group. If you asked me before being saved whether I would help even financially, I would have refused. My attitude was that they could suffer in their decisions and choices. After spending almost two years with them, I loved each of them the same. My heart became soft, and I became compassionate. This change was not only for them, but to all people around me. I started touching people in different ways. This even happened at work with all I was in contact with. Don’t get me wrong it is still a work in progress, but God’s love is in me, I have changed and keep on improving. I have a calming and a very chilled approach to things. My love ones gets frustrated because I am sometimes too chilled.
This scripture motivates me to approach all things, not only people, with this attitude. Even love your daily chores and work.
“God I pray that You will teach me to love the way you do. May I touch people and be an example of love. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen