“We are here to heal, not harm. We are here to love, not hate. We are here to create, not destroy.” — Anthony Douglas
I feel like I owe an apology to all of my readers for not posting in forever. I could launch into excuses about being too busy and not having enough time, but they simply wouldn’t be true. After I released my book, Journey to Virtue, I felt like my inspiration had been drained. I was suffering from major “writer’s block” and couldn’t seem to get out of the rut.
Until it hit me.
I don’t know how I missed it for so long.
The topic I needed to write about the most was right in front of my face the entire time. The need for the world around me to hear this message was screaming so loudly. I don’t know why I couldn’t hear it.
Have you ever stopped to think about why the Bible talks so much about love, kindness, and treating our fellow humans with decency and civility? Have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe, it’s because that was the lesson we needed the most?
When I stop and pay attention to the people around me, I am in awe of the way so many people treat their “neighbors,” to use Jesus’ terminology. In case you haven’t noticed it yourself, our world is full of hate. During the election season, we saw repeatedly the sharp, hurtful words used against someone that voted differently than we did. We see protests and riots started because of hate for someone of a different gender, race, ethnicity, or religion.
I don’t think you would ever deny that Jesus knew what He was talking about. I think Jesus was intentionally preparing us for “such a time as this”… a time when people would fail to show love. Jesus knew that – during His time on earth and in the 21st century – people would neglect to show kindness to others. Rather than speaking kindly, we yell out of anger and irritation. Instead of sacrificing our time, money, or things for someone else, we are selfish and don’t help. If someone’s skin is a few shades darker than ours, we won’t have anything to do with them.
Love is a major theme in the Bible for a reason. Are we failing to make it a major theme in our lives? Are we ignoring so much of Jesus’ teaching because we refuse to love?
The two greatest commandments are about love. All other commandments are based on these two principles. All of the problems we face on every level – personal, social, religious, political – can be solved with love. When we choose to show love to everyone around us, we give a glimpse into the unimaginable abundance of God’s love for all of us.
You wanna make a difference? Choose love.