Psalm for the Day

Saturday, March 26, 2011

True Love or Favoritism? Part II

 "……… 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was Me—you failed to do it to Me….”   Matt. 25:45   Message Bible
The Church is supposed to represent Christ to our neighbors, city, friends, family and world.  The Church is made up of people like you and me.  What is our excuse or justification for failing to love one another unconditionally? 
Really, the truth is, it is not about unconditional love, it is about favoritism.  It has nothing to do with love.  It is all about having favorites and what you can do for me.

We all know a lot of people who have been hurt by the church because they were being ignored, treated less than of value, judged by appearance, poor, uneducated and not considered important enough to know.

Most of us have experienced poor treatment by church leadership and attendees at one time or another.   I have stood next to someone when a person would walk up and hug on them, talk with them and walk away without even acknowledging me.  This has happened so many times; that I quit counting and decided to use this experience to learn what favoritism is vs true agape love. 
It teaches us that man can say they love but their actions speak louder than their words.   We say we love but our actions reveal the truth about who we are in Christ: we either walk in His love or fleshly love (favoritism).
The Scripture in John 13:35 say’s it best: "By this, all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35)
True Christian love is a verb.  It puts action behind the word.

“Many a man proclaims his own loving-kindness and goodness, but a faithful man who can find?”   Prov.20:6  Amp

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