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I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. - Psalm 122:1 KJV

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January 19, 2016

Forty-two years ago I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and although I have not served Him as I should I am still proud to be called a Christian. Back in those days we were taught to hate the Russians (then Soviet Union) and their allies, the Chinese, North Vietnam, North Korea, and a host of other countries. Today, things have changed tremendously. It would seem that unless we hate something or someone life is not quite right. One can understand the desire to hate sin and wrong, but humanity should not be part of that equation. No matter who you are, where you are from, what your status in society happens to be, the color of your skin, your educational achievements, none of those factors (or the lack thereof) gives any of us the right to hate a creature that was molded by the hand of God.

Over two thousand years ago, Jesus came into a society that sought to relegate people into certain classes. Hence, Samaritans could not mingle with Jews (John 4), nor did the religious leaders of the day thought it worthwhile to walk among the common people (Luke 18:11). As for Jesus, He wanted to make it abundantly clear He was not going to tolerate nor encourage such behavior. Consequently, one of His many stories of love came through the parable of “Who’s your Neighbor?” Luke 10:25-37. Jesus would extend this thought to something many of us might have difficulty to accept. Here is what He taught us:

Lk. 6:27-36 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. 32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful” NKJV.

His Kingdom has no borders, segregation, or picket fences, it’s all about Love. Some of you may not have spoken to even a family member over the last few years. How about it? Be mature, and step out – show yourself to be a disciple of Jesus, and a friend to all mankind.

Blessings & Abundant Grace

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