Love–it’s all about love.
If I had to pick one word to describe my time here at IU, my time with Cru, my time with Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, my time since I recommitted my life to Christ this past fall–I would probably have to pick the word “love.” Since I’ve been in Bloomington, I’ve really experienced the love of the body of Christ to the fullest. For the first time in probably ever, I feel like I’m surrounded by people who will love me no matter what–no matter who I am, what I’ve done, or what I do. That’s true love. I’ve been doing some reading lately and one quote that really strikes me is this:
This type of love says that no matter who you are, no matter what you do or no matter what you say I have your back, and I refuse to give up–whether or not there’s “change”–because my Father will never give up on me.
That is the kind of love that we as Christians are supposed to be showing the world. A kind of love that takes people for who they are–no matter what–and letting God deal with the rest. God just called us to love the world, not judge or condemn them–he is the Judge, not us.
This year, I have witnessed first-hand this love–you might say I almost got sick of it. For a little bit of time, I just wanted to ask people, “Why do you care about me so much? You barely even know me.” That’s just it–these people in my life were living out their faith to the fullest. They didn’t know me, but that didn’t matter to them–they wanted to show me the love of Christ through their lives and actions. When Christ says that the world will know we are his followers because of our love (John 13:35), he meant it. All that I’ve been reading lately has really struck me and it inspires me to love better. I’ve seen it first-hand and I want to be apart of it. I want to love without relent, to love regardless of the circumstances, to love like Jesus.
Now I know that some of you might read this and say, “Hypocrite.” Honestly, you’re right. I am a hypocrite.
I’m not the best at loving people and not judging them Oops, there’s a lie. Frankly, I really suck at not judging people and loving them regardless of circumstances, but I want to change. Also, God knows I’m not perfect–and I’m sorry for ever making it seem like I was because I’m not. So, to all of those who I’ve not loved or judged: I’m sorry. I know that doesn’t fix things instantly, but it’s a step. I’m sorry I judged you. I’m sorry I didn’t love you like a Christian should have. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to listen. I’m sorry.
I want to love better. I want to listen to you. I want to show you the love that God has shown me and is showing you. So, if you take nothing from this:
God loves you. I love you. I’ve either met you or never have met you–but that doesn’t matter. I’d love to give you a set of ears to listen to your story–to finally be heard for the first time. Just know this–I love you and want to show you how much God loves you. The rest is between you and him. My role–it’s all about love.