We don’t just need to be treated nicely, but rather we are desperately in need of being loved genuinely.
We do NEED love! However, many of us look for love in the wrong places. I’ve been there too. So what I am about to say, I say with sincerity and a loving heart.
Unfortunately, many might perceive the loving message that I’m about to try and communicate as somehow “hateful”. I think that says a lot about the highly individualistic, “safe-space” culture that we live in today where differing views on life (which may well be truthful) are perceived as harmful. What we want and what makes us comfortable is “king”. We allow those things to command our lives rather than what may be better for us because it makes us uncomfortable. Well I say, if we truly want to pride ourselves on being “open-minded”, then let’s truly be open to seriously considering something “different”!
When you genuinely understand the implications of what I’m about to say, then I’d hope you can see that my saying anything at all is actually more loving than being silent about it.
We are often “taught” by popular culture a view of life that essentially heralds us to Indulge In What Pleases You & Be Happy. But is this working? Are people really happy after years of following this philosophy of life? Is it possible that indulging in sinful lifestyles overtime would make us less happy and satisfied with life? Could something “different” be better?
I will simply say that there is no one who has loved me better, more completely, or so unconditionally as the Lord of life, Jesus Christ, has. And if you don’t have a reconciled relationship with God, then the same can be true for you if you’d just turn away from what constantly leaves your soul thirsty & unsatisfied & drink from the living waters of God for the salvation of your soul. With this comes the forgiveness of our sins, the experience of a better life now & promise of everlasting life to come, & reconciliation with the God who loves and created us.
Otherwise, we will remain in our sin and will experience eternity separated from God, the source of life, goodness, love, & truth. Jesus said “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:36). But it is important to understand that “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
The Bible puts it quite plainly; Repent & Believe.
Jesus said “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
The apostle Paul wrote that “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
It pains me to see so many people scrambling to have exactly what God offers, but that’s just it, they want what is offered without the God part. But the two are inseparable…
If you are a Christian reading this, remember, you have been called to new life in Christ. You have embraced this “different way” and will probably stick out like a sore thumb as you pursue after God. And that’s alright. In fact, it’s actually a good thing. We are called to be different for the purpose of knowing God and serving Him!
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2)