October 8, 2020

Love One Another

Posted By Jessica Taylor

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In light of increasing political polarization in America, we must ask ourselves, “Am I part of the disease, or am I part of the cure?”  There is nothing wrong with defending your position about important topics; however, it is wrong and dangerous if these differences of ideals cause you to hold ill will or hatred toward another person.  You can make the most eloquent defense for something you strongly believe in, but if you do it in a manner that disregards someone else, you have lost that debate.

The best way to ensure that you are being an active part of the cure is to simply love people.  Loving someone does not require you agree with everything they say or stand for.  John 13:34 (NIV) tells us, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”  Jesus did not command us to love only those who look and think like us, rather, He called us to love everyone as He loves.  He gave His life for us on the cross.  The division in our beloved country is wide and deep, however, please realize that our love and our Jesus will stand in that gap.

I encourage you to pray this prayer daily:

Lord, help me to love as you love.  Fill me with your Spirit so that I can choose what is best.  I am weak, Lord, but I know that even when I am weak, you are strong within me.  Thank you that it is not all up to me.  Thank you that you equip me to face each day with the power of your love, forgiveness, and grace.  I pray that my life would be filled and overflowing with the power of your love so I can make a difference in this world and bring honor to you.  Remind me that the most important things are not what I do outwardly or based on any talent or gift, but the most significant things I can do in this life are simply to love you and to choose to love others.