I sometimes hear Christians spout off with a geyser of vitriolic comments about other people in their community, nation or world that do not share their beliefs or values. Their tirades communicate nothing of the Christian love they profess – only acrimony, bitterness and hatred. Tragic!! Terrible testimony!! And something that runs counter to the values their faith in Christ professes! Have I ever been guilty? I’m ashamed to admit I have – and perhaps you have as well. Lord, please forgive us eh? Whatever happened to the command of Jesus… “Love your enemies!”?
This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I found myself reading the passionate expression of Apostle Paul about fellow countrymen who hated (and rejected) Christ…
“I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh… My heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved!” (Romans 9:1–3, 10:1 ESV)
Oh I want a heart like that for neighbors, fellow countrymen, and people in our world who do not share my beliefs and values! Lord help me to obey your words… “I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you!…” (Luke 6:27-28)