“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1 John 4:20
Whenever you love someone, you’re loving the Lord. Whenever you serve someone, you’re serving the Lord. Whenever you mistreat someone, you’re mistreating the Lord. We love Him by how we love others. To say we love the Lord but hate our brother or sister who has the spirit of the Lord within them and to say we love Him but hate someone created by His hands, shows that we don’t love Him like we say we do. We can’t say we love a God we can’t see but we hate the people we can see. If Jesus worked with us, went to our church, lived in our homes, shopped at the local store, and pulled up next to us in His car, how would we treat Him? We would honor Him. We would smile, let Him have the best seat, let Him cut in front of us at the store, let Him have the good parking space, and serve Him with the utmost sense of hospitality if He came and visited our homes. We would go out of our way to honor the King. Are we going out of our way to love and honor His people? Are we going out of our way to love and honor those He created? Whether we feel people deserve it or not, is unimportant. We must love them. We must serve them. We must treat them respectively in how we talk and how we behave towards them. God’s loves has been planted in the heart of every believer. With every act of obedience in loving others, that seed grows and our hearts are enlarged.
Prayer: Father, I receive Your words deep in my heart. Let it take root and grow me up into a person that shows my love for you by how I treat every person in my life. Help me Lord. Cause Your seed of love to grow in my heart. I choose to love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Matthew 25:35-40, Romans 5:5)