With all the political unrest and hate on TV and social media this past week, I thought I would share something that happened to me today.
My wife and I got stopped by a homeless man. He was hungry. Rightly so, considering that he had not had any food all day, and it was 6:45pm. He wanted money, but instead he got dinner, and the love of Jesus from us. We talked as he ate his sandwich. talked about life, where he lived, and how glad We were to have met him. I gave him my card, and invited him to be a guest of honor at our community dinner next month. We said our goodbyes, and then he was gone.
I returned to my car, and drove to my warm, dry house, with my bride of 20 years by my side. When I unlocked the door, our little dog, greeted me like he always does.
I don’t know where the man went following our time of fellowship. I wonder if he will even be sleeping in a building tonight?
My heart is wounded, because we live in a world where we allow politics and petty differences separate us, and cause division in our lives and communities.
Truth is, that man is just like me. There is no difference between us. Even though he was a little older, and his flesh was a different color than mine. You see, the God of the universe, his love isn’t affected by those petty differences. He came, and shed his blood for ALL OF US. So we ALL could live. Every single one of us.
I have committed to try to look at every person through the eyes of Jesus. Not let the drama, hate and unrest of our culture get in the way.
Paul the Apostle taught these simple truths;
1 Corinthians 13 New Living Translation (NLT)
Love Is the Greatest
13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
“Three things will last forever, faith, Hope & Love – and the greatest of these is Love.”
If we could all grasp that concept, and apply it to how we approach our daily lives. Imagine what kind of place our world would be.
What do you think?
Till next week,