Some Good News
This is from a post that I made on my Facebook page in June of 2015. I’ve changed the wording a bit but the message is still the same. It is because of my belief that I feel compelled to share. I believe that someone, somewhere, is searching and needs to read these words.
We're being bombarded from every direction with information. That information comes from news reports, celebrity opinions, and the causes of the week. There are those who use every opportunity to sow seeds of fear and hate in order to further their own agenda. Heaven help anyone who has a different opinion or belief.
The truth is that there are good and bad people in every country, race, religion, creed, and profession. The majority of the time, the ones that make the news are not good. The actions of a few give the rest a black eye so to speak.
Fear and hate mongers seem to delight in spreading the word about the bad things that have been done. Their goal is to persuade the rest of us that it's their way or the highway. This leads to more trouble and dissension.
I happen to be a member of one of those groups that the rest of the world seems to hate. Yes, I proclaim it here and now. I am a Christian. I am a believer in the almighty God, a follower of Jesus the Christ, and I believe that the Holy Spirit moves in us.
I know what you’re thinking. Christians’ are mean, hateful, judgmental people. It breaks my heart to admit that there are those who profess to be Christians who have either intentionally or misguidedly said and done some very hurtful, hateful, judgmental things.
Christians are not perfect. Far from it. We are sinners saved by the grace of the merciful almighty God and the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We did not earn our salvation. There is nothing we can ever do to make ourselves less of a sinner.
We are saved because God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16).
The world is you and me. God so loved us that he gave up his only child to die to save us. Can you imagine giving up your child to save someone else?
Jesus died on the cross for the sins of everyone, you and me, so that we could live in heaven with him and with God. All we have to do is accept Jesus as our savior and follow him.
Jesus is all about love and forgiveness. He forgave people that others condemned. He ate with people others didn’t want to be seen with. He healed people others were afraid to go near.
As Christians, our job is to spread the good news and bring others to Jesus and love them as he does. Not to judge, condemn, bully or belittle. Judgment will come on judgement day. It isn't our job now and it won’t be on that day.
The world believes “Do it to others before they do it to you.” We are told that "in all things do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Matthew 7:12). "We are to love our neighbors as ourselves." (Matthew 22:39)
That means love everyone not just those we agree with, those who live like we do, or just the people we want to love. It means love the person standing on the street corner begging for food, without judging, and provide them with a meal or the means to get one. It means love the person who cut you off in traffic instead of cursing at them. They may have just saved you from an accident. It means to love those who have hurt us in some way.
We are to love people of different countries, races, religions, creeds, and lifestyles. Why? Because Jesus died for them too. God so loves the world that he gave his one and only son. He loves all people. He created all people. He wants all people to be with him in eternity. Until their last day, all people have the opportunity to choose Jesus Christ as savior.
Matthew 7: 1-2 says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judged others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Do you want to be judged in the same way you are judging others?
We do not have to agree with opinions or beliefs that we know are contradictory to God’s word. But we will never be able to do our job with hate, judgement, and condemnation of others. We are to love everyone with the love of Jesus. Love without judgement. Love without bullying. Love without condemning.
We are to help those we love. Provide food, clothing, housing, comfort, medical treatment and most importantly share the story of Jesus and his unconditional never-ending love.
I encourage all Christians to start focusing on Jesus and his love. After all, you too are sinners saved by the grace of the merciful almighty God and the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. You didn't earn your salvation. There is nothing you can ever do to make yourselves less of a sinner.
I encourage all those who are not yet followers of Jesus Christ to read the Bible. There is a wealth of scripture dedicated to how much you are loved. Talk with someone you know to be a true Christian if you have questions.
Jesus loves you and He wants you to live with Him in Heaven for all eternity.
Scripture quotes are from the New International Version of the Bible