Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
As I sit down to write this article my heart is heavy because of all that has been going on around our nation. First is the loss of life that shouldn’t have taken place. Then because of an accusation that took place that shouldn’t have been made. Then because of the reaction that so many have had.
It is my hope and desire for God to intervene and bring about a healing that is needed in our nation. A healing that will allow people to see others as God intends for people to be seen. Scripture is clear on how God sees us. Genesis 1:27 says – “And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Regardless of the color of their skin or the language which they speak they are created in the image of God. Like the song we sang while growing up says – “Red, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Jesus doesn’t just stop with loving the ‘children of the world’, He loves every person in this world. His desire is that all should come to repentance and that none should perish. He gave His life on the cross of Calvary so that anyone can be saved finding forgiveness for their sin.
We are to love one another. 1 John 4:7-8 says – 7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
In the NT Jesus is asked a question. Jesus answered and the following admonition to the man is something I believe we need to hear.
Luke 10:25-37 says -- 25 And a lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 29 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
Mercy is defined as a disposition to be kind and forgiving.
Jesus desires us to “Go and do the same.” My question is -- are we showing mercy to those we meet each and every day?
JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!
Christ only, always,
Brother Paul Nachtigall is the preacher at Highland Baptist Church. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.