The words on a church sign caught my eye as I was driving home the other day – “Just love everyone and I’ll take care of everything else later.” As I reflected on the meaning, it began to make sense. Christ’s admonition to His followers is to “love one another” and to “judge not.”
We all have difficult people in our lives – or maybe we are the difficult person in someone else’s life without even realizing it. We all have our blind spots. The holidays have a way of bringing us together with family, friends, and co-workers who we don’t usually spend a great deal of time with. It’s more than likely that we will find ourselves passing judgment if not verbally, in our minds, about some of them. Then we ration our love, kindness, or attention based on our assessment, which may or may not be accurate. We might forget to make allowance for the growth and change cousin Joe has undergone since his last escapade hit the gossip mill.
As I thought more about the words on the church sign, I was reminded that Christ loved us when we were lost and undone. He didn’t just love us enough to be polite and cordial – He loved us enough to come down to earth and die for our sins. If He can love me that much, then shouldn’t I in turn love others rather than judge them? I have no idea what He has in store for their lives, or how He is reaching out to them. Who knows, perhaps my loving behavior toward soneone is part of His plan to draw that person closer to Him. So this Christmas, why don’t we just love everyone – and let Him take care of the rest!
”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 (NIV)