Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Friend to the Friendless

A few days ago I posted this on my Facebook page. This is one of my greatest struggles but also my greatest passions. (I don't even know if that makes sense.) :)
 When we become Christ followers the two greatest commandments given to us are to 1. love God and 2. love others. But the question to ask is "how?" How do I love a God I cannot tangibly hug? How to I love a person who is difficult to love? It would take MUCH more than a blog post to answer that question and still my response would be inadequate. Join me in praying over this this week. Because my next question is, can we truly call ourselves "Christ followers" if we are not loving the un-lovable or "sick"?

From Facebook:

If Christ came to help the "sick", then why do we as Christ followers push the sick away? We would rather spend time with those we perceive as "healthy" and ask the "sick" to go away and come back when they are better.
No parent tells their sick child to go away and come back when they are feeling better. Child services would get called on that parent! What makes us think that the Father of us all would want us to do so?
Mark 2:17.

Additional Verses for thought:
Luke 6:33 "If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even "sinners" do that?" 
Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
Matthew 25:36 " 'I needed clothes, and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' " 
John 13:35 "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." 
 Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 

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