I’m sure most of you know people are different. Sometimes those differences are good, weird, and down right WRONG. But wait…if we are all created in His image how can a person be wrong?
The obvious answer is that we live in a fallen world and there are people who will make choices that do not align with God, but I want to focus on the fact that we are different in weird ways, but still in His image.
Sometimes people can be so different than myself that I just don’t like them. I don’t want to be friends with them. I want them to stay in their own parts of the world and leave mine alone. Unfortunately for me and my comfort zone I serve a God who does not promote division and separation. I serve a God who calls His people to become one with Him and therefore unite in His Kingdom as one people. It doesn’t mean that we all have to become the same, but I do think it means that we set our differences aside. We must learn to disagree with respect and love for one another.
So I have people in my life that I don’t like and I can’t just eliminate them or always segregate myself from them. As I was telling God that I just really don’t like this person…He says to me, “Sometimes I don’t like you.” Sometimes I make choices that God doesn’t like. He still loves me; He still extends His grace and mercy to me. He ALWAYS loves me. He calls me to reflect Him to the world around me. Yes even to those I do not like. That means I need to love them. I need to accept them for all the mess that they a
re, all the hurt they can inflict on me, all the opinions I don’t agree with, and all the choices they make that I don’t agree with. I need to love them anyways, because God loves me anyways.
Do you know that God loves you anyways??? I pray that this truth invades your souls, your hearts, and your minds. I pray that you will accept His love for you!
I don’t have an awesome tie in for the waterfall…I just like them. But God’s love will drench you like a waterfall if you just walk with Him…You can stand back and look at a waterfall and not get wet…Just like you can put God out of your life and not receive His love, His grace, His protection, the list is endless.