The headline was disturbing: “In America, talk turns to something unspoken for 150 years: Civil war.” So deep has grown the divide that some have given up on the idea of working out our differences civilly. When we’ve lost the ability to treat one another in a civilized manner, with civility and grace, civil war may not be too far down the road.
However, I don’t believe it’s too late – IF – the children of God will live and love like God’s children. Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Love is a great unifier, whereas hatred always divides.
Speaking to His disciples, Jesus said:
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)
Christ could have said His followers would be best made known to the world in any number of ways. But the one way He chose was love. By our love for our fellow Christians, and for our fellow man, the reality of our Christian faith would be manifest. It is not through our ability to out-debate, to put down opposition, to demand rights, to flex our muscles, or to hate anyone or anything. By THIS all men will know that you belong to Christ – that you LOVE one another.
Friends, hatred is heavy and it is a great divider. Instead of picking up our sticks, stones, or other weapons, let’s give love another try. –Dave
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