But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Luke 6:35 NKJV
Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just fix it all? Scripture tells believers to be in the world but not of the world and as such, often it seems the world in which we live is a continuous collage of moving pictures and we are standing before a giant screen watching them pass by. Unfortunately they are not the pictures you would hang in your home or present to loved ones as gifts. As humanity plays out their existence, they do so in the mire of hate, anger, bigotry, and moral depravity. In short, the slide show can be depressing, leading us to wonder why the Lord doesn’t just handle it. Rest assured, Jesus will come back for us. He promised us that in scripture, ” And behold I am coming quickly, and my reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.” Revelation 22:12. What an amazing reassurance! Jesus is coming back for his church and when He comes we will be with Him forever! The book of Revelation itself is at once an impassioned warning to the unbeliever, a final plea from God to repent and choose Him, while for the believer, the vision of Revelation is meant to inform and bring hope by showing us that the Lord’s return is iminent.
The promise of Christ’s return brings us peace but it should also speaks to us with urgency. The Lord is saying, ” I am coming quickly Revelation 22:7. That means that we, the followers of Christ, have work to do, God’s work. We have been chosen by God to spread the good news of salvation to this broken, lost, and morally bankrupt world. Can we really have a part in unleashing the power of the gospel on the world? The answer is yes. How do we do it? Do we start a church, go on mission, or maybe volunteer at a homeless shelter? Again, yes if the Lord leads us to serve in that way. We must be careful not to put the cart before the horse. We must first start by examining out Jerusalem. We must spend time introspectively. What are the difficulties we face as a believer? What difficulties in our own lives do we need to ask God to deal with?
It has been said that Christians spend their lives in a fish bowl, meaning that everyone is watching us. Those in our circle of influence who may not be believers or may be struggling with their faith look to us and determine what is right based on how we react to situations and outside stimuli. The way we conduct ourselves influences others. As a new believer, will they continue to attend church? As an unbeliever, will their heart become hard to the things of God or will they make the ultimate decision to follow Christ?
One of the greatest ways to show the love of Christ, the love that makes the eternal difference for the world, is to forgive those that do us wrong. After all, without the forgiveness of God through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we would be nothing but eternal train wrecks with no hope at all. We are required to love others as God loves us. Yes, that means we are required to forgive even the ones that hate us. They may not deserve it but neither did we and Jesus died for us. The gospel is that He died for them, too! They just don’t know it yet; not until we show it to them. Forgiving the ones we love is like preaching to the choir: necessary and edifying but not overly difficult. When we forgive our enemies, it takes the agape love of Christ. By submitting to Christ, the love of Christ is shown. When we show those who wrong us the love of Jesus, He changes their hearts.
Grace & Peace,
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