I heard the words to this song and thought, what if?
“What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did?” -Jesus Friend of Sinners, Casting Crowns.
What if... loving as He loves us, we’re the answer to ending Satan’s plan for our world to hate?
Remember Jesus showing love in the form of mercy to those spitting and hitting him? Jesus said to forgive them. Hate was missing in his heart and I thank God that it was. Maybe that’s our answer.
What if we responded like Jesus?
What if.. we did forgive and see others the way God sees them? Is it possible to put down our anger, distrust, and desire to be right long enough to let the love and power of Jesus Christ shine through and work light into others?
What if what broke God’s heart, broke our hearts as well? And then…
What if we did something about it?
What if we tried?
Hate is repulsive!
Take out the word “hate” and put in the word “satan”.
Satan is repulsive.
What Satan has done is evil and we AREN’T blaming it on him. We ARE blaming it on each other. Satan is laughing at what he has stirred up.
What if we stopped Satan’s plan to destroy with the example Jesus gave us?
What if we let God guide our hearts? Would we stand blaming one another and destroying things? Or would we see them as God does? Would we see them as lost souls fooled by satan? How sad. How sad to think of someone being the puppet of satan and carrying out his plans to make us hate. And then make us hate some more. That is what breaks my heart; A good-hearted person, fooled by satan.
Much more would have to happen to end this cycle of hate, but what if it started with the love and power of Jesus Christ activated inside of us to tip the scales in our direction? Could we knock satan right off his high horse? I wonder if enough of us took a stance and cast satan’s hate plan aside, if we just might see God’s light shining in the mirror again?
Wouldn’t we like the person looking back at us a little more if we let go of the puppet strings and instead let God guide our response? Maybe our conscience would be clear if we knew we were reacting the way God showed us to react. The hurtful talk in our minds would become silent and be replaced with words of affirmation. The strongholds keeping us from hearing God would start to fade. He would have a clear path to our hearts.
SO… WHAT IF YOU, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” -Luke 6:27-28 (NIV)
*I wrote this 5 years ago… I recently started writing again and went back through and wanted to re-write/add some growths that have happened in me.