The last few days, I have been talking with my family about this one thing, that we as Christians need to learn how to endure some things. That means when others come against you, to let things go. Don’t allow things to boil up inside where you become angry and hate them. I’ve seen and I can attest to these things, because I know how hard it is for me to let things go that bother me. Perhaps someone you care about talks ugly to you without a cause. It is so easy to talk back to them and say things about them, but Jesus doesn’t want us to retaliate, he wants us to show love toward them. You may say, “What! Your kidding right?”
In the day we live in, so many things come against us. We might have to endure a few things in this life. Coworkers may gossip about us: someone might run is off the road: our friends may turn against us: a stranger might steal something from us: our boss might fire us for something we didn’t do. These are only a few things we might have to endure. The Lord Jesus told us that we are going to have to bear a few things as Christians. Jesus wants us to learn how to love others even when they may come against you. Most people will get angry and retaliate against them, but Jesus wants us to show them love. 1 Corinthians says that a person of love will, bear all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endure all things.
We are to have brotherly love toward others (Hebrews 13:1). 1 John 4:7,8 tells us, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Matthew 5:46 tells us, For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? This simply says to love others when they do not love you back. Love others when they do come against you. Love others when they curse you, and say all evil about you. Matthew 5:11 says, Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Luke 14:27 tells us that Jesus said, “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” This means that if we are going to be followers of Christ, we must bear a few things. We must let things go. We must not continue to harbor evil feelings toward us. I know that Satan himself is the person behind all of this. He would like nothings else than to tear you down and kill your testimony. Don’t let him. Learn to forgive and bear your cross daily. I didn’t say, Bear your cross once, but daily. Things will come against you continually, but we must love others and learn to overlook their faults.
Our main focus should be loving others the way the Lord loves us. He gave his life not only for you and me, but for the whole world. Now is the time to look at the main goal of the ministry of Jesus Christ, which is to love others and tell them about Jesus.