I know it is easy to make assumptions about others and their situations. We can easily stand back and say, “I woulda’ did this and I woulda’ handled things like that.” But the truth of the matter is you may not have. We all have a road that we must walk which leads us to the cross. For some the road is straight forward, for others it’s a rocky road with many curves and twists, even trails and dead ends. Who are we to judge those roads, especially when it ultimately leads to Christ. [Isn’t that the goal?]
Yea, the human side of us questions, “How could they do that?” but Christ says, “Love.” There is no stipulation on that command to love. We are not to love only those who look like us, act like us, and have walked the same road as us. According to John 13 verses 34 and 35 ‘we are to love one another: just as Christ has loved us. By this all people will know that we are His disciples, if we have love for one another.’ When we extend love, it leaves no room for our crass judgment and unnecessary analyzation; rather it opens the door for grace and mercy to be ushered in and hope extended.
My prayer today is that our hearts will love, even when our minds can’t comprehend. May we experience and share the love of Christ, though it is too great to fully understand, so we will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
*This post was originally written on 19 June 2012*