Monday, September 16, 2019

God's Love Is Not Confining

16 September

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  (Col 3:12–14; NIV)

Have you ever stopped and really listened to some of the reasons people give for not becoming a Christian?  One of the excuses I had one person tell me was that Christianity was too confining, and they could not conform to the Christian way of life.  I am not sure what they meant unless they were saying they could clothe themselves with "compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."  That's funny because these same people will apply for a job and work at it for years where they have to wear certain types of clothes, talk a certain way or refrain from talking a certain way.  A job where they have to show kindness, compassion, and patience to other employees and customers.  They do all this so they can enjoy life here on this earth. 

As the saying goes, "It's time to wake up and smell the coffee."  God has provided something so much better than anything we can find on earth, and there is very little we have to do to receive it.  We need to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and then we need to treat each other with the same respect we would like to be treated with (seems like I've heard this before).  When there is a problem, resolve it and forgive one another just as the Lord forgives.  What is the bottom line?  Love.  Love for God and for the people around us both at work and in our homes. Love for those we meet on the streets and for anyone else we come in contact with.  Love was and still is the reason God sent his son to earth, and it's time we start showing those around us how liberating the love of God really is.

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