I often have blasé questions thrown at me, about ”having” to love everyone, because that’s what the Bible says
Yet, it does make me smile that when challenged regarding questions like this, often, people have gone with a piece of Scripture out of context, or worst still, the old ”I heard someone say that…” or ”somewhere in the Bible,” they just aren’t sure where
Often there are times when we have relationships that challenge God’s way of thinking, especially if the people we love, or even ourselves, are getting spiritually, emotionally, or even physically abused.
Yet, I was in abusive relationships for nearly two decades, and it wasn’t until I did what God asked of me, that I learnt to truly love myself, and others
Friends, God doesn’t say, anywhere, that we should allow ourselves to be treated like a doormat, just because we are His children
Yes, to be a Christian is to realise that everyone is on a journey of discovery – whether that is discovering God, our purpose, our identity, or so much more.
But that doesn’t mean that people are allowed to continue to abuse us in ways that hurt us more profoundly than we can imagine
God calls us to love Him, and love others, so that we can walk in freedom, and genuinely want the best for others, with them or ourselves having a fear of condemnation or judgement.
”Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”” John 8:7
In all honesty, we are no better than each other, and therefore, the only one Who can judge us, at all, is the One that is to come
So until then, let’s love within the truth that God allows, and keep focused on God, and His Word’s teaching
”I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning” (v5) ”Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.” (v9) 2 John 1:5, 9
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