I’m constantly reminded every day of the violence and hate that is in the world. I see it on the news, at the supermarket, and I even see it when I am driving down the road. Why is it that so many people are angry all the time.
I’m reminded of God’s greatest commands:
Love the Lord Your God with all you heart, and love your neighbor as yourself.
If you read what the New Testament says about how to live your life, this command from God sums it all up. There will always be anger driven people in the world, but we have a chance to make a difference by showing love and compassion. We should not be judgmental, proud, and rude.
Christians have gotten a bad rap for being rude, judgemental, and hypocritical. I would like to see us change this view. No matter what you may think of someone, please remember what God has told you. Love the Lord Your God and your neighbor as yourself. Make sure your actions and thoughts are following these guidelines.
I leave you with one of my favorite scriptures:
1 Corinthians 13: 4-13
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love!