Sunday, October 15, 2006

This morning during communion I was thinking about God's amazing love for me. As I read Romans 5 several times allowing its words to penetrate I began to slowly realize that I don't love others as unconditionally as I should. I began to think of the conditions that I put on others. Here are just a few that I am coming to terms with in my life:

1. I tend to love those who dress more conservativle like I do. In other words, I'm more easily drawn toward those who look more like me.

2. I tend to love those who behave well more than those who don't. I find myself having to try harder to really connect with those who don't conform to my image of what I think is a good person.

3. I tend to love more easily those who return my love.

4. I find it easier for me to love those who agree with me more than those who make me uncomfortable with their beliefs.

Jesus died for me unconditionally. He didn't wait until I met his expecations or got my act together. Lord, help me to grow in my love for all people no matter what.


Blogger Nellie said...

I'm right there with you, brother. Surely we can do better at this "loving unconditionally" if we consistently remind ourselves that God loves US just as we are. Appreciate your thoughts and your desire to love as Christ loves. I'll pray for you and you pray for me. We miss you guys!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Paige Robins said...

Amen. It's weird how most of the time we don't even realize that we're taking part in that kind of judgement until it gets called into question. Thanks!

11:02 PM  

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