We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves or in simpler terms “do onto others as you would have them do you onto you. ” (The Golden Rule) As a nation we have the “Good Samaritan” law to protect those doing good for their neighbors or strangers.
Why during this time of such advances to help so many, do we choose to hate and destroy? It is our selfish ways and our narcissistic desires that come between our nature to help, nurture, and love.
We need to make every effort to forgive and then forgive again. Oh wait! Who are we forgiving? The offender of course. Is that the only one who needs forgiveness? What about God? You need to forgive Him to release yourself from your anger; it can be/become a deep seething anger that will separate you from God. Then there is yourself; we are the hardest critics of ourselves. Take a deep breath, reflect on all of those offenses, quick judgments and growing bitterness and release them through your forgiveness. This is how we have a metamorphic transformation from hate to love.
What harm will it do? I am called to do no harm, yet I do. All I have to do is open my mouth or send a look to reveal my heart; my frail, weak, ugly heart. See, do you understand how easy it is to hate? I went from positive information to self negativity. This is not about me. This is not about you. This is love, in spite of hate…
Love is deeply satisfying on so many levels. It always brings us to have genuine joy, peace and rest. This is not a fleeting happiness, a quick accomplishment or lacksadazical slumber. God gives us genuine love, joy, peace and rest.
Psalm 23 shares this so beautifully…
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou Art with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This promise is a great gift of love. In the end, politicians don’t care for you like this, nor your community. This comes to us through God, our family and ourselves.
May I be the door You walk through.