As Election Day draws closer, more and more people become vocal about who they feel should lead our country. Unfortunately, these opinions often cause division and strife among neighbors, colleagues, friends, and fellow believers. For some reason we often feel that in order for someone to be lovable, they must think, act, and feel the way we do. But Jesus instructs us otherwise. He tells us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Yet he did not limit our neighbor to people who look, behave, and believe the same things as us. He considers our neighbor to include any fellow man we come in contact with regardless of whether or not they have the same opinions as us. Let us allow our lights to shine by showing the love of God regardless of what people say or do.
“This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 38-40 (NLT)
I thank you for continuously loving me despite my ways. Forgive me for withholding your love from others when I feel they don’t deserve it. Help me to freely love others as you freely love me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.