Not Just Money

“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” 1 John 3:17 King James Version

It is true that we are to give our money to help people who are in need, to people who don’t have food to eat, clothes to wear or a house to live in. However, I think sometimes we forget that there is more to giving than just giving our money. If we see people who are hurting and have tears in their eyes and we don’t give them a hug, we are not giving from our hearts “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”

If we have arms, we can hug people for God. If it makes us uncomfortable to hug people, then we need to ask God to please help us hug people for Him. We need to remember that God hugs us every day of our lives. He hugs us when the sun rises in the sky and when we hear the birds singing. He hugs us when the His Son rises in our hearts. He tenderly puts His arms of understanding and compassion around us and holds us close to His loving heart and hugs us until our tears of grief, loneliness and heartaches go away.

Jesus has given us a commandment. It is not an option; it is a commandment. Many times we forget that it is a commandment or we ignore what He told us or worse we deliberately disobey Him. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13: 34, 35).

I have had three people email me and tell me that these verses are referring to sex. That is a lie straight from the pits of hell. Just because a person has sex with someone does not mean that he or she loves that person. Sometimes a person has sex with someone to keep the other person from leaving him or her. A friend of mine back in Texas told me that her boyfriend said to her several times “If you don’t have sex with me, then you don’t love me and I will leave you”.

The Bible is very clear that the sexual act should only be between a husband and wife. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2: 24, 25).

Society has taken the sexual relationship given by God to express our love and commitment to our husband or wife and has made it into something dirty. It stinks in the nostrils of Jesus and it brings shame to Him. May God forgive us for taking something pure and precious from the heart of God and making it into a filthy and disgusting act of lust.

What Jesus is telling us in these verses is that He wants us to love one another unconditionally just as He loves us unconditionally. Part of loving one another unconditionally is forgiving one another. If we continue to harbor a grudge in our hearts and refuse to forgive people when they hurt us, we would do well to remember the commandment that Jesus gave us when He said that we are to love one another as He loves us. Do you love others unconditionally as Jesus loves you or is your heart filled with unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, resentment and criticism?

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.
Used by permission.

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