Is it hard to be a Christian?

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Galatians 1:10 NLT

It’s hard to be a Christian these days.

It’s hard to be a man, a woman, a Caucasian person, an African-American person, a Native American person, a gay person, a person.

Why is that? Is it that we are working so hard toward racial and social equality that racial and social groups are being squashed in the process? If we are craving equality, why are we hurting so many people? Isn’t that perpetuating the problem? Aren’t we doing the exact same thing? I realize past atrocities. I do. We are inherently stupid people. All of us. All of us have pride. All of us want to be on top. All of us want to be on that mountain yelling, “I made it! I won!”

But, what does that do for us? For the world as a whole? For humanity?

The Bible teaches a lot about love. Did you know that? Many skip over the fact that Jesus loved love, and spoke about it often. They focus more on what we ought to do and ought not to do — on the “sin” of the person rather than the “In God’s image” of the person.

Jesus didn’t speak about these things. When a person who lived in sin met Jesus, THEY WERE CHANGED. Just as we are today. He didn’t shun them, shame them, or convict them. He loved them. And, said, “Go and sin no more.”

Romans 12:9-10: Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Jesus came into this world with a sincere love. He didn’t come to conquer us. He didn’t put non-believers in concentration camps. He didn’t force His ideals on anyone. He came to teach us. Teach us to be like HE is. Teach us to love.

Mark 12:28-31:  “28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.  Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, ‘Of all the commandments, which is the most important?’  29 ‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.  30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

We need to love each other. Love who people are and who they will become. Love them just as they are, right where they are. Love is a powerful thing. So, is prayer. Will you join me in praying for more love in this world? Am I naïve in thinking that together we can make a difference? If we all listen in respect and love and not condemnation and “I am always right,” maybe we can all breathe and join forces and make some good things happen. I want good things to happen. Do you?

So, obviously, I am not here to win the approval of people. I will see that by the comments I get. I am here to spread truth about God and his heart. His heart full of love that is reaching out to us wanting a change. A good change. A change that I believe we all want to see. Being a true Christian is hard. But, God’s love is easy.

Y’all, be blessed today, and thank you for reading! Do you want to join me in prayer? Please let me know in the comments! Together, we CAN make a difference and rock the foundations of heaven. God hears us. Let’s make this happen.

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