Why love matters to God (in 306 words)

Tonight we had a prayer meeting to set a foundation in our church for a building project. At some point Pastor Jim asked for some testimonies about what God is doing in our lives.

I’m a mess; a vagabond; a ragamuffin. And I can’t keep my mouth shut sometimes. Tonight was one of those times. I spoke out on what God has been showing me.

God is Love. I’m to love the LORD my God with all my heart, soul and mind. I’m to love my neighbor as myself. I’m to love my enemies. He doesn’t tell me to love only white people or only straight people. He made them all just as he made me. I’m not going to argue one way or the other about homosexuality here, so please don’t go on a tangent about it.

I told them God is helping me see that our perceived differences don’t matter:

Black, white. Rich, poor. Chinese or Hispanic. Man or women. Tall, short. Christian, atheist, Muslim or Buddhist. Marine or nasty civilian (there was another Marine in the room and he laughed at that one). It doesn’t matter. They are God’s children just as I am. I’m to be Jesus to them. Jesus doesn’t carry a sign saying that God hates fags, Jews, Nazis, blacks … whatever. Jesus said that God hates sin, not people. So love them, Jay, despite their faults. Why? Because God loves me despite mine.

If I hate them, they won’t see God, so whatever repentance needs to take place in their life to bring them to God won’t occur. Believe me, repentance is a good thing. It’s cathartic and cleansing. Repentance brings forgiveness and forgiveness of sins is the essence of our salvation through faith in Christ and his death and resurrection.

Is God saying something to you? Share it below in the comments.

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