I believe we will live out what is in our hearts. Jesus told us to be like little children in order to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14 NIV)
Small children, not yet tainted by the world, are pure. They love, naturally. As any person grows into the teenage years and into adulthood, we learn what is modeled to us. We start to make our own choices, and a lot of those choices are not good. We all meet new people throughout life, and some of those people hurt us. Whether emotionally, physically or whatever, we get hurt sometimes by someone in life. It’s sad, but in this fallen world, we as humans hurt each other. None of us is perfect in this world. Most of us just do our best to live a good life. Some people are full of evil, though.
Examining Romans 12:9 Through Matthew 19:14
You won’t meet everyone you like, and we all will have to forgive someone for someone at one point or another. Romans 12:9 says, Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good (NIV). So how do you sincerely love someone you don’t like? It is not the easiest thing to do, but with God, all things are possible! For myself, when I meet someone and find myself thinking some not so nice things on a consistent basis and feeling things like jealousy, hate, impatience and strife, I go to the Word of God and I begin to pray about it.
In the beginning of Romans 12, verse 2 says: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. As Jesus followers, we should be striving to be more like Him every day. To be like Jesus, we have to reject the ways of the world and change our sinful thought patterns by reading and hearing the Word of God.
It’s natural not to like someone who is unlikable. But Christians are not called to be natural! We are called to live supernatural lives in order to bring others to Christ and glorify the God we serve! To sincerely love people we don’t like, we must go to the Word of God and get it inside of our hearts. The book of Hebrews says: “The Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
It’s important for us to read the Bible and meditate on it day and night to grow the faith the Lord gave us, and to become more like Jesus! The Word of God teaches us everything we need to do to live, including our interactions with other people.
Even when we meet people who do treat us right, who love us unconditionally, we still may not love them the right way, being that we are flawed humans we are. Then how do we love people, sincerely? Galatians 5:22 – 23 teaches what the fruit of the Spirit is. These are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (NRSV) You are on the right track f you find these showing in your relationships!
If you find that you are not loving sincerely, producing works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), go to the Word of God and train yourself to be like Jesus! If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth (James 3:14 NIV) And if you don’t love sincerely, like the Bible says to, don’t fake it ‘til you make it, like some may say. Work on the character of your heart and bend your thoughts, your heart, your mind to the Word of God until you are changed into the likeness of Jesus, “who, being in very nature, God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself to become obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:6 – 8).
I want to be more like Jesus. This is how I work on that. To produce more fruit of the Spirit (with the Holy Spirit’s help!) and to serve others. Being a servant is learned. Naturally, I serve myself. That is how humans are wired. To do for self, to survive! As a child of God, I believe that when I live how He tells me, loving Him and others, He will take care of me.
Amy Irvin is a wife and mama. She has taught Sunday school and has been singing for Jesus for years. Amy is a blogger, owning the blog A Brilliant Love. She also has a YouTube channel, Amy and Family. She has a 30 day devotional in the works and a book in mind for the future.
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