“…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NIV)
In the Bible, we’re told to love one another. It’s like the chorus of a catchy song that never goes away. We just keep on hearing it.
Unfortunately, we don’t always do it very well. Well, that’s not totally true. When we’re well-rested and just so happen to LIKE the people we’re supposed to love, then we usually do a pretty good job.
So it’s really just the other 95% of the time that we struggle! Lol
This week I’m going to suggest some ideas to help us love one another. Why? Because like anything worth anything, love takes work. If you want to be a great baseball player, you’ve got to learn some things and put in hours of practice. The same is true for loving the people around you.
So here’s suggestion #1. Take your own sin seriously.
Huh? What does that have to do with loving one another? A lot, actually.
You and I can be a part of the solution to the world’s problems. But we are also a part of the problem itself. The Bible teaches us that we are fundamentally flawed. And if you and I don’t take that seriously, it is simply too easy to think we’re the cat’s meow all the time.
An over-inflated sense of self has two children. Their names are Superiority and Judgmentalism.
G.K. Chesterton once read a newspaper article that asked, “What’s Wrong with the World?” He sent in a two-word reply: “I am.”
It might seem like he was being a bit too hard on himself. After all, he was a nice and charitable guy. But he was really just being honest. He took his own sin seriously. And because of that, he was able to have a healthier, more loving attitude toward others.
Today, if you want to love others well, an unpopular-but-key learning is this: Take your own sin seriously. It’s easier to love other people when you don’t spend your days looking down from a pedestal. You’re great; but just like me, you’ve still got a long way to go… just like everybody else.
When it comes to love, the high road is the humble road.
By Matthew Ruttan