Here is something I read on Facebook.
We add to the worlds chaos and division when we behave like we are easily offended and full of judgement. Christ calls us to carry an unjust cross the same way He did. We can show mercy, love and grace because God has shown us mercy, love and grace. We are set apart as children of the light, in this way, that we can handle persecution and offence and be humble rather than proud.
When we only love people that we agree with, or when they behave how we want, we can end up only loving reflections of ourselves. It’s narcissistic, demanding and divisive. And not realistic – because there isn’t a single person that we can agree with on everything. It can be really unfair to judge non-believers in a way that gives them no room to come to know God’s love.
That doesn’t mean we can’t discuss things – it’s important we do – but we can’t be so angry and rattled by the worlds ways, that it makes us bitter or fall away from loving God and our neighbour.
When we just speak about what we believe God hates and don’t also have the balance of showing and speaking about Gods love, we appear full of hate – Which is very serious – The Word says that “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (I John 4:8)
We are also warned that when God judges us, we will be shown mercy by the amount of mercy we show others. (James 2:13)
“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Matthew 5:46-48 NLT
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best – the sun to warm and the rain to nourish – to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”
Matthew 5:43-48 MSG
That end line –
“Therefore, just as your heavenly Father is complete in showing love to everyone, so also you must be complete.”
Matthew 5:48 CEB
Conquering evil with good, is the Crucifixion. Jesus did that for us. Experiencing that love means we know it and can show it to others.
There’s a love in us that is so unique.
“Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 CSB
Love (opposed to the worlds hate) is hugely defining in being a disciple of Christ.