What is this you have been practicing? Have you forgotten why you are here? Many of you have taken it upon yourselves to define what I stand for.
It’s apparent that you are all very different; from your political views, to thoughts on gay rights, to money, and even sometimes to your opinions and beliefs on how I work or if I even exist. Not one of you is exactly the same – each is beautiful, unique, special. But don’t worry, that’s what I wanted. It’s all in the plan. I’ve got everything mapped out, step by step, and trust Me; it works out perfectly in the end.
I have granted each of you with gifts – talent, knowledge, faith that can move mountains, musical abilities – the list goes on and on. So many different and distinctive assets that I have bestowed upon My children so that they can not only share these blessings with each other, but also so that these various gifts can come together and shine the majesty of My wonders onto those who are trapped in the dark; for even those who may be lost in the valley of the shadow of death are to be recipients of my love, as well.
However, though this is what I have intended, some of you believe there is a better way to do things – one you have developed on your own.
You see, not only have you each been born with unique strengths and advantages, but you are all also at the hand of your own personal weaknesses. When I say weaknesses, I am referring to the way you sin on a daily basis. There are SO many of you, and unfortunately SO many sins to fall victim to. For some reason, when My children differ in weaknesses, they tend to make those differences a main point of focus.
I will acknowledge that many times, this is done with good intention; with the intention of correcting the sin, fixing the people, representing what you believe to be Christianity and My will through your actions, usually using your gifts all along to carry this out. Unfortunately, these actions often lack one thing: love.
You all have one job: “To love one another as I have loved you. Others will know you are MY disciples IF AND ONLY IF you love one another”. Love. It’s the most important representation of who I am.
I never granted anybody the authority to judge another, to change another, to criticize another’s way of life – only to love one another. Although you have dissimilar ideas of what I want for the world, there is no need for you to police each other as if you were made to perform a Christian “citizen’s arrest” on those who are doing something wrong.
When you use your gifts to represent Me and bring others into a life that imitates yours, but have no love in your actions, you are repelling those who need My love the most.
You can be among the most intelligent of my children; you could know My Word cover to cover, and you can be in attendance to your church every Sunday. But if you don’t exhibit My love in your daily life and activities, none of that even matters. Nobody will listen to your theories or care that you’ve memorized the Bible if you aren’t compassionate and loving towards My people, especially those with dirty hands. In fact, you are more likely to be despised by others, thus giving Me a bad look in the process.
I’ve become a chore, a punisher, an angry high being to those who only hear, “Don’t lie. Don’t swear. Give 10%. Don’t have sex before marriage. Repent NOW before it’s too late, or burn in Hell!” Using a method like that, stating a long list of rules with a promise of burning for eternity if not followed, to bring the lost and oppressed to the light only makes the familiar darkness a more comforting place to stay. All that has been made clear is what you stand against rather than WHO you stand FOR. I can’t really blame My wounded children for steering clear of what seems like a mentally and emotionally abusive, “bondaged” lifestyle.
I wish every one of you could see that love is magnetic. After all, is that not what draws you to Me? My love forgives the unforgivable. My love mends what has been broken. My love died on a cross to wash the dirty hands of all sinners; ALL sinners – not just the liars, or the cheaters, or the doubters, or the sexually immoral, or the drug addicts, or the rapists, or the thieves, or the murderers – but ALL. I deeply love and take care of all of My children. Therefore, you guys should, too.
It’s not always going to be easy. Like I said before, you’re all so different. How can you possibly learn to love another who’s sinned so morbidly?
I’m sure some of you might be familiar with the phrase, “Love the sinner, hate their sin”. That solves everything, right? WRONG! I’m much happier with the way your brother in Christ, Mark Lowry, has put it: “Love the sinner, hate the sin? How about: love the sinner, hate YOUR OWN sin! I don’t have time to hate your sin. There are too many of you. Hating my sin is a full-time job. How about you hate your sin, I’ll hate my sin, and let’s just love each other!”
I couldn’t have said it better myself; let’s just love each other. You are all My co-heirs. You share in My sufferings, you share in My glory. It’s only right that you unite with love so you can properly celebrate and enjoy the love I have so freely given to you, represented by Christ.
So when you are opposed to another’s lifestyle, remember: I have given you eyes, not to look upon another with a critical eye, but to search for and see the value of that person as My child. I have given you a voice, not to speak judgmentally, but to give words of kindness and encouragement. I have given you hands, not to point fingers, but to extend a helping hand to those who have fallen short. And I have given you feet, not to trample those who are on a rocky path, but to walk alongside them and for you to share your journeys with each other.
Extending your love rather than your criticism is the more effective way of sharing what you believe and who I am. So I’m here to tell you: a life such as this – never condoning, never settling, but standing firm in My truth – is what I intend for each of you.
So, as I give every sinner a second chance, I’m giving you all a second chance, as well, to love your neighbors. I know you can do it. It’s all in the plan, remember?
I can’t wait to celebrate your lives of love together in Paradise, soon. But until then, remain steady in loving each other.
Peace and Love,