43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may [a]be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore [b]you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48 NASB)
Hello everyone! This is a pre-planned post that I decided to write because I know that I wouldn’t have time to type it up later as I have some church events I have to attend to.
First I will state the truth: I believe homosexuality is a SIN based on the LIVING WORD of GOD (Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:23-32) and I personally, as a STRONG woman of God do not believe in marriage between either a male and male or female and female. I believe in the traditional marriage that God created it to be since the beginning of time, which is man and woman. (See my post from yesterday for in depth writing.)
As I watched people debate, Christians distort and re word the Bible for how THEY wanted, I was honestly angered! We, as Christians, are supposed to spread the truth! Instead, we are distorting God’s Word to make it more favorable to others and the world. NOT GOOD. The Bible is VERY clear on what is and what isn’t sin. While I do not believe we should treat sinners with hate, and that sinners should STILL have the same rights as anyone else (I mean, for goodness sake people, we ARE ALL SINNERS! Don’t judge or condemn someone JUST because they sin differently then you. We all struggle with personal demons. Mine, personally, is lust. I’m a natural flirter that, on the daily, I need to control myself or I will easily fall into temptation and sin against God. So how is it that we judge others without first taking a look at ourselves?) I’m just keeping it real y’all!
Love and Respect. What is it and what does God say about it.
First we will cover the topic LOVE and what it has to do with sinners and how we should treat others that sin against us.
First and foremost, love is created by God, because God is LOVE. He is the creator of ALL things good.
“7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is [a]born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8 NASB)
So why is that most Christians respond with so much hate? Well, I’m here to tell you that I used to be the same exact way. Don’t get me wrong, I loved, but I didn’t love unconditional like I should. I still responded, when I was angry, with so much hate. A lot of Christians respond with hate because of pride, sin, and the devil point blank blinding them. We are to love those that are different from us! We are to love sinners and not their sin! We are not to condemn or judge them! Yes, we are to call them out with love and respect, but never with evil thoughts or words. We are to love EVERYONE regardless of what they have done to us!
Let me be clear about something: That does not mean that you are to allow someone to walk all over you, that’s not what God means. What it means is that, we are to act in love and kindness and respect even when someone treats us wrong. We are to tell them how we feel, but with love and respect. We don’t even have to be around them or associate with them, but we still should love them, pray for them, bless them, respect them, forgive them… Regardless of what they have done to you. We were made to be BOLD and COURAGEOUS through Jesus Christ! Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, but always choose your words CAREFULLY and make sure you respond in love and ALWAYS screen your motives. God looks at the heart, not your face value.
“9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; [a]give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the [b]saints, [c]practicing hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute [d]you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but [e]associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. [f]Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but [g]leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9-21 NASB)
You know, when us Christians respond with hate towards those that sin, we only turn them away from God, not bring them closer. That is why so many people don’t like Christians because we distort the Bible to mean something that it’s not. Like I said, do not take the Bible for face value, do your study! God will help you with that! I wish Christians could respond with more love rather then hate. Maybe the world would see as Jesus meant for them to see us. Jesus is the perfect example for us as Christians, to follow.
Let me take you into a part of my personal life for a second: I used to REALLY despise the government and the higher authorities that were placed above me. Like I would literally spread the negativity around about them, it was sick. Then I got back on track with God and decided, that, regardless of whether I care for them or not, I am called (as a Christian) to love and respect them because God placed them in authority for a reason. To fulfill His prophecy (which, by the way, is happening right now before our very eyes). Now, instead of spreading negativity, I applaud the good that they do, and pray when they do something that goes against God’s Word instead of tearing them down or speaking negatively about them. Why? Because God told me to.
Now see, we are so focused on other peoples negativity and sin that we are so blind to our own… I know I was. We are just like everyone else in the world. We have all sinned. So love everyone, spread truth, but with love and kindness! You can’t force someone to change, but you can plant the seed and let God do His work as He sees fit! Remember: Not only do you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7) but also, a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a but harsh words stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1) so choose your words carefully people.
“12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and [a]patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is [b]the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ [c]rule in your hearts, to which [d]indeed you were called in one body; and [e]be thankful.” (Colossians 3:12-15 NASB)
Next topic we will cover: Respect and what God says about it and how us Christians should use it.
Respect. I don’t know about y’all, but that word brings back the memories of the song R-E-S-P-E-C-T by Aretha Franklin LOL I used to BLAST that song. I love it! (And as soon as I said that, I looked it up on YouTube and jammed out to it 😉 ) Gotta show the queen of Soul some respect!
But anyways, let me get back on topic :D. We as Christians not only need to learn LOVE but also RESPECT. How we say things to others greatly determines how they will react. Now, that isn’t saying that JUST because we respond with love and respect, that they will do the same, but that not only will we have a clear conscience, but we will also not make things worse then what they are. CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY! I CANNOT SAY THAT ENOUGH!
“30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 [a]Treat others the same way you want [b]them to treat you. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, [c]expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 [d]Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:30-36 NASB)
Personal Life Story: For so long I was unknowingly (sometimes knowingly) disrespectful to those around me. I hurt them with my piercing words and I am still paying for it to this day. But you know what I learned? Not only a quick lesson in unconditional love and respect through God’s Grace and Mercy, but that you cannot control peoples actions, you can only influence them. Not always can you influence them to do better, but that’s alright. We are still to be kind and respectful to them. I had to do a lot of apologizing to so many people around me for disrespecting them and it will take LOTS of time for things to heal. Lots of learning on my part and lots of patience from others around me that realize, we all make mistakes. Offer God’s loving grace and mercy to those around you, not negative and hurtful words because they do something different then you. Love unconditionally. Respect Unconditionally.
God has not called us to judge or condemn those around us. God has called us to be disciples, followers of Jesus Christ and living examples of Him to this lost and hurting world. To bring life to those around us and encourage them, even when they do wrong to us. That is why I love God, because He gave us a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh…. and so on, chance. Even though we are so undeserving of His love, grace and mercy. We all need to improve, each and every single day.
I hope I have blessed someone with the words I share to you today and have opened the eyes of many. That is my prayer as I post this blog post. I hope that we can all love and respect those around us unconditionally and speak truth where needed but with love and respect and kind words.
I hope everyone has a blessed night/day, wherever you are and I pray that God opens your heart and mind to things brand new!
“7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” (Romans 13:7 NASB)
“2 You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2 NASB)
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Oh and P.S. Stop saying people will go to hell if they don’t do a certain thing God’s way. You don’t know their life or whether they will choose to come to God between now and to the time that they die. Only God is the judge whether someone goes to heaven or hell. We were all condemned to hell before Jesus took our place on the cross that day on Calvary so think twice before saying negative words like that.