|Let us love one another.|
For a long time now a trend has been building among Christians where steadily our priorities are shifting away from God and our fellow man and onto ourselves, and the one quality that's supposed to separate us from the world and all other religious belief systems has fallen by the wayside. It's gotten to such a state that I feel compelled to ask the question -- where is the love?
It used to be that if we couldn't identify each other in any other manner, we could surely recognize each other by the way that we mirrored the love of our Heavenly Father. We cared about each other, had compassion on those who were less fortunate, grieved for the hurting, and felt compelled to assist those in need. All of this seems to have been replaced by a spirit of a non-ending pursuit of entertainment, things, and money. The unspoken attitude has now become 'it's all about me.'
Even in the church, which used to be THE haven for the poor, hurting, and lost, people now barely fellowship with each other outside of their own cliques, and some churches are overflowing with a spectrum of dramas that would outrival the most highly-rated reality show. We don't really even seem to connect as a spiritual family any more. The coldness is so pervasive that many believers are losing their motivation to press on, much less try to win other souls for the Kingdom.
Let's make a pact to each do our part to turn this situation around. Let's agree to show at least one daily act of purposeful love towards someone, and I don't just mean one of your friends or someone in your family. Let's stretch it out to reach those outside of our inner circle. I daresay let's even try to reach out to someone who hasn't been kind and loving to us. Let's ask the Holy Spirit to lead the way.
I really believe that with God's power that we each have the abiity to make the phrase, "Each One Reach One" more than just a mantra.
May you all be filled with the power of His love.
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:35
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