Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
(Romans 15:7 (NIV))
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself one simple but important question?
What if Jesus treated us the way that we treat each other?
If Jesus had decided that He didn’t want to come to earth because we are so different than the angels in heaven that He knew, where would we be? If Jesus had decided that He didn’t want anything to do with us because our life style was different than what God had commanded, where would we be? If Jesus had decided that humanity was not worth coming to earth to save, where would we be?
I could go on and on using every single reason that we offer up as an excuse to treat each other in ways that are less than what God desires, but I think that you can probably get the picture by now. Why do we treat each other, as members of the Body of Christ and potential members of the Body of Christ, with such contempt and callousness that we can’t even be recognized as followers of Jesus.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
(John 13:34-35 (NIV))
These words do not say that we are to love only those who look like us. They do not say that we are to love only those who have the same life style as us. They do not say that we are to love only those whom we deem to be worthy of our love. We are to love one another. There are no words in that statement that can be taken in any way, shape, form or fashion as an authorized limitation to whom we are to love.
What if Jesus had limited His love to only the nation of Israel? If that had been the case, the passages that we all know and love would not read as they do.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
(Romans 1:16 (NIV))
If Jesus has accepted everyone through what He came to accomplish at the cross, then why do we have such a difficult time doing the same?
The next time that we have a moment where we want to shun someone, remember four simple words. What would Jesus do?