Thursday, July 18, 2013

Christian Love?

If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, then you know I wrote about loving Christian friends. 

Today, tolerance and love will be discussed.  This time with regards to those who consider themselves to be saved.

Yesterday, a person who claimed to be a friend of mine on Facebook (FB), proved his intolerance and unloving attitude by unfriending me and blocking me.  Why?  Because, he disagreed with me.  Not Biblically, but with an opinion.

Was he Christian?  Was he a born-again/saved believer?  He claims to be.  Only God knows, for sure.

Of course, there are some Christians who also act this way, towards fellow Christians.  It's usually due to the fact that they do not agree with their opinions.

It's happened to me.  And, not just on FB.

I should qualify that statement about being not just on FB.  The situation I will discuss involved a real-life friend with whom I had lost contact with many years ago.

The first day I was on FB, he found me and we became friends.

At least, until he became upset over differences concerning God and His Word.  Then, without any discussion or warning, he unfriended me.

This happened more than one time, where he would request friendship, and then later, unfriend me.  Once, I was even blocked, for a while.  Meaning that I could not even message the person, even if I wanted to sort out the problem.

The amazing thing to me is, that in later messages, he claimed to not be my friend.  If this was truly the case, why did he ever request friendship in the first place?  Or, even worse, request friendship on subsequent occasions?

To me, to be treated this way was not Christian love.  Especially, since this fellow not only claims to be a follower of Christ, but is also in ministry.

As Christians, we must be loving and tolerant of others.  God told us so.

Read it for yourself in Mark 12:28-31, "And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

See?!  God told us to love thy neighbour as thyself.

Does this mean that those who are unloving and intolerant should be treated this way?  After all, if they are treating others in this manner, it seems this is the way they want to be treated.

I will not treat others in an unloving or intolerant way. 

In my opinion, treating someone like this, is what the unsaved do.  It's what today's secular society teaches; if you don't like what someone thinks or says, then throw them away!  Even if it is totally against what God teaches.

I will show Christian love to others.  The way I want to be treated.  And, as God would have me treat others.  Even if it means speaking truth that others don't necessarily agree with, or want to hear.

After all, loving God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, is what's most important.  There is no commandment greater than this.

So, please know this.  I will continue to love others.  Even if I am not loved, in return.

I will continue to praise God, even for these not so nice, unloving situations.  And, I will pray.

Until next time...

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