We Are Lovers [Of Everyone]
I know a pastor who sums this one up really well. He always says that you don’t have to like everyone, but you have to love them. And that’s what this is all about.
It came right from Jesus’ very words. When he spoke to the British courts, he said himself, “Love thy enemy,”. Sorry, I missed April Fool’s day this year and have been bitter about it ever since. Just wait until next year. Ok, back to the topic with a longer reading for you:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”” Matthew 5:43-48
Basically, Jesus is telling us that it doesn’t mean anything just to love like the world loves, as we see we with the tax collector explanation. We have to love like the Father, or “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The Lord loves all. He “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good” meaning he gives everyone the same chance, loving them the same. God loves everyone equally, and we’re supposed to love like the Father, right?
We’ve all heard about God’s love. If there’s any aspect of God that gets advertised all the time, it’s his unending love. As receivers of that love, we need to not only love those who love us, but every last person on the face of the earth. You may not ‘like’ them, sure. You may not be their best friend. But you can still have love and respect for them through Christ.