This morning as I was outside thanking God for the new day and all the blessings he has bestowed on me, the local “homeless” (Wild) cat that comes around showed up wanting her breakfast. She has been coming around for a year or more, and Jennifer and I feed her and talk to her.
Anyway, I welcomed her as she appeared, and got her bowl of food. She ran over and stopped under the little trailer in the car port as she always does so I placed her bowl down in its spot. This morning though, I scratched the ground in front of her and talked softly. She allowed me to get within one foot of her this morning without moving or showing any fear.
We feed her and love her simply because she is a beautiful creation of God. This is what LOVE really is, doing something for another that can do nothing for you in return. Expecting nothing in return for your love.
How many of you do this, or better yet do this for another human? Would you get up each day and go offer a meal to the man living on the corner, or the family that lives in boxes out in the trees near town?There are many of you out there that love animals and advocate for animal rights, post Facebook posts about animal cruelty etc. So how much more should you love and care for your fellow-man?
Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves. As seen in Matthew 22 we learn that the greatest commandment from God is to Love.
The Greatest Commandment
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So knowing that love is nothing more than caring for and doing for another without expectation of return, these scriptures say it all. Love has nothing to do with acceptance of behavior, or sex, but is the greatest action we can take.
We are all born in sin, we are all sinners in God’s eyes because of the fall of man as stated in Genesis. However we all have the ability to be redeemed (Saved) by accepting Jesus as out savior, giving our lives to him, admitting our sinful status, and making the changes we need to live as Jesus taught.
Everything we do outside of God’s commandments, outside of Jesus’ commands is sin. That is the definition of sin, actions or thoughts taken without the spirit of God guiding us. Jesus’ last words “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” granted God’s forgiveness to us all from that point on. However in order to be saved we need to ask Jesus into our hearts, accept his forgiveness, admit our sins, and then go on living while making every attempt to denounce sin in our lives. The unconditional forgiveness we received from God is only valid if we ever after make an attempt to improve ourselves and live as God commands.
Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Nothing in any of this says we should accept behavior that is outside of God’s commands, nothing in this says we should allow sinners to influence our own thinking or actions. We accept and love others as ourselves without regard to their status with Jesus, however we are not asked to approve of, or accept sinful behavior.
In fact, we are commanded to flee from sin:
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sin(s) a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sin(s) sexually, sins against their own body.
So, the message here is that we should love each other, support each other and love God, however we also should flee from sin by living as Jesus taught, and by admonishing those that are lost and need Jesus’ guidance. Hating sin, and trying to share guidance is not hating the person, it is actually the unconditional love I speak of.