Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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In our intercessions this morning, the person praying prayed for the Lord’s help to love others and acknowledged how difficult it is to love those whom we don’t like. The truth and reality of this comment made me prick up my ‘spiritual ears’.
‘Yes’, I thought. It’s often the external things we see and hear and then make a judgement about another person which prevents us from reaching out or getting to know that person. Those external things can become like a barrier which stops us from showing love, kindness and acceptance.
Why is it so difficult for us to get past how people look, the personal choices they make and how they live their lives? After all, that’s what God does with us…and with them.
God looks on the heart. He can see pasts and circumstances and struggles which we can’t. We perhaps just see the product of those influences on someone’s life.
We need to always keep in mind the wideness of God’s love and mercy. The Psalmist writes:
The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all,
He has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:
If we take others for who they are and where they are at, we create the right environment for trust and relationship to grow. We create the possibility (on our part) of getting to know the real person behind those external things which we have judged.
Someone once advised me, “There’s always a reason why people are the way they are”. Thankfully, God knows that. He always reaches out to us with arms of love and compassion and goodness. He knows that sin runs through our character and he sent his Son Jesus to die for us – to bear the punishment for sin so that in Jesus, we may receive forgiveness and we are made right with God.So, the next time we catch ourselves giving ourselves justified reasons for our lack of love, let’s stop and remind ourselves of all the ways the Lord shows his goodness and compassion to us…and thank him for it…and then ask him to help us love others.