Christian love looks beyond appearances
“Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand.” – Anonymous
Every chance He got, Jesus touched hurting people. It’s pretty amazing if you think about it. It’s as if love was His full-on career, particularly toward those who were hurting. He put off teaching huge sermons to touch hurting people. He put off wonderful, grand buildings to touch hurting people. He was about love. He was willing to look at those in need, touch them in a meaningful way, and take on the risks that love might require.
Yes, that’s what He did, and that’s what He still does through you and I.
That’s why we need to tweak our love. We need to tweak from “Pete Love” (or whatever your name is) to “Jesus Love.” How in the world do we do that?
It begins by seeing through the surface. That’s how Jesus sees us. He looks past our pathetic attempts to look good and position ourselves. He looks deep in our souls and loves us at that level.
If we don’t look past a person’s physical appearance or social stigma, we will back away from those who need His unconditional acceptance. Our love will only be drawn to those who look “just right” on the surface (those who look pretty much like us). It's so petty, and we'd never want to admit it, but sometimes the way people look makes us go the other direction.
And it's not just people who look different and strange, it's people who look beautiful, people who are attractive – you know the ones – they look too perfect! We stay away from them, too. For most of their life, everyone stays away from them except people who really want to take advantage of them. Jesus calls us to get beyond our tainted version of love to His kind of love.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”– John 15:12
We need to see through the surface! Get past it, so you can minister to the person.
Holy Spirit, give me Your eyes today so that I can see through the surface and into the souls of those You put in my path. I confess my inability to love them in my own prejudice. I claim my ability to love them as You loved me by allowing You to love them through me. Amen.
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