“Loving Others”

“Loving Others”
Woodlawn Baptist Church
November 3, 2010

“And this commandment have we from Him, that he who loveth God love his brother also” ~ 1 John 4:21

Every commandment made by God should not be taken lightly.  His commandments are an important part of our walk with Him & we should obey them.  God clearly commands that we should love one another, just as we love Him.  I know at times it may be hard to show love to those WE THINK may not deserve it, but we should have a loving heart toward everyone. Those who deserve it the least, need it the most.

The story of Jesus and Zacchaeus, found in Luke 19:1-10, demonstrates the love we should have for everyone, including a known sinner.  Zacchaeus was a rich man whose job was to collect taxes from the people of Jericho.  He often took more money then he was supposed to.  One day word spread that Jesus was coming to visit the city of Jericho.  There was a mass of people in the streets waiting for Jesus to arrive.  In the midst of the crowd stood Zacchaeus, but he could not see Jesus because he was short.  He decided to run ahead of the crowd and climb in a sycomore tree in order to see Jesus.  When Jesus arrived He looked up and saw Zacchaeus sitting in the tree.  He ordered Zacchaeus to come down because Jesus wanted to stay at his house.  Many people, who knew Zacchaeus and the evil he had done, believed that Jesus shouldn’t have been a guest with a man that was a sinner.  Zacchaeus was ecstatic that Jesus wanted to be a guest in his home. He told the Lord that he would give half of all of his goods to the poor, as well as, payback any man he had taken from under false accusations, fourfold!!!  What if Jesus had decided to treat Zacchaeus like everyone in Jericho was treating him?  Would Zacchaeus have ever had a change of heart?  Jesus showed His love to Zacchaeus which allowed him to change his evil ways.  Love is contagious.  Sometimes we just need people to show us that extra act of kindness to help us get on the right track.

Something to think about: Sit and think about people you come in contact with daily (coworkers, family, friends, etc) who are always bitter, upset, or who in fact may have hurt you.  Now take the time to go out of your way to show them love.  It’s hard for me to do at times but it can be done. Remember: Love others, just as you love God.  Those who WE THINK deserve it the least, need it the most.  Love begets love, so spread it wherever you go.

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