What’s Love Got to Do with It?
By: Amanda Kramer
In the New International Version of the Bible the word love is mentioned 319 times in the Old
Testament and 232 times in the New Testament. Since it was mentioned so many times there must be
something to it right? Some of the common verses we know about love are:
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
This is my command: Love each other.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Let Israel say: “His love endues forever.”
I find Luke 6:32 interesting. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.” I find this interesting because it is the truth; sinners are loving to those who love them. We as Christians are called to do more though; We are called to love our neighbors.
Our neighbors are not just those who live in the houses next door to us. Neighbors are everyone we come into contact with. No matter if they have money or no money, whether they have had a bath or not, whether they live in a house or on the street. Anyone and everyone is our neighbor and deserves to be loved (even if they don’t deserve it we should still love them, besides how many of us really deserved the love that God showed us when he sent his only son to die for us). When Jesus was doing his ministry He was talked about for eating with the sinners, but as He pointed out He was here to heal the sick, not the healthy. In other words, He was here for those who needed Him, not those who already knew Him.
So the question is: are you being loving to your neighbors? I want to take it a step further and ask: are you being loving to only those who love you or are you loving even those who don’t love you in return? Many Christians get it wrong because they find it easier to love those who hate them than other Christians. They are willing to go to a soup kitchen and feed complete strangers and they are willing to buy a hungry man off the street a meal. How many of those same people are willing to go up to someone in church and say hello, shake a hand, or even invite a family from church out to a meal. How many people do we pass each Sunday sitting in our own pews that we are not showing love and they feel desperately all alone? How many people are we turning away just because we are failing to show the love that God commanded us to show to everyone?
How about you today? Are you being loving? Or is this something you need to change in your life today? The choice is yours.