Love Is Not Optional
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed – Romans 13:11 The Apostle Paul was instructing the saints to love everyone. Jesus poured out His love on us, and we in return should pour our love toward others without having partiality. Too many times as Christians we choose who we will express our love towards, when we should be expressing our love towards everyone as Jesus did for us. As Christians, we must obey the law of love, which supersedes both religious and civil law. As Christians we cannot condone sin in ourselves as well as others, but we don’t attack them verbally by abusing them with words or our actions. Love will draw others towards our Christian belief whereas words of offense will cause one to hate our God as well as our beliefs. We all were once sinners, but God didn’t draw us with harsh words or harmful actions towards us, but He drew us with His love, and as children of God, we should be drawing others with love and compassion. We can express God’s love and His written Word by our actions in our lifestyle. God is looking for vessels that will yield themselves to His Word and His Spirit. God’s love is genuine, and if He’s really residing in our being, our love will be genuine towards all of God’s creation. Love destroys hatred, love will influence a unbeliever to open their hearts to God’s invitation of salvation. Love forgives, and love will be committed to pray for the unbeliever, religious, and the hypocrite until Christ be formed in them.