A reminder for today
Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies. (Hebrews 13:1-3)
Why does Paul write this in his conclusion in Hebrews? Paul basically says that we must not stop loving other and he says that we should show hospitality to strangers. He asks that we remember those in prison and those that are being mistreated as if they were us. When Paul says that we must love other, he compares that love to the love we have for a brother or a sister. Why do we need to show love and why does Paul often writes about love. You see God loved us first. He loved us before we were conceived and He still loves us with that same unconditional love. Love is a strong feeling of affection but God’s love us indescribable. Paul focusses on this, because this is how we lead the lost to God and the salvation that lies within Jesus Christ. We know our God exists and we know Jesus is the Son of God, but there as so many that does not know this. To help them, we must be willing to listen and step into their shoes. Jesus came down to earth to step into our shoes and understand the challenges that we face. So why can we not step into the shoes of other? If we say God is love, we need to show this by the way we love other. Jesus made this clear when He said that we must love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Who is our neighbour? Everyone is. From the people that lives next to you to those that are in prison. God does not stop loving you, because you are in prison. God wants you to find your way back to Him and Heaven rejoices for each lost one that returns home.
Jesus did not leave and said “Have a nice day”, he left with these words: "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Let us walk with Jesus and show His love to ALL. I know it is hard to react to hate with love, but the power of love will overcome all evil and remember all of this is temporary. For a little while, we will have pain and suffering, but for eternity, we will live in love. When you talk to that atheist or that prisoner or even your friend, remember to talk with love and remember them in your prayers.
Lord, we pray that you will fill us with your love and lead us to give your love to other. Let us see them the way you see them and break our hearts for what breaks yours. In Jesus name.
Have an awesome day, dear friend of Jesus.