1 John 4:20: “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?”

If we love God, we love what He loves: His creation in general and human beings in particular. That’s where the rubber meets the road! However, if we’re honest, that’s not always easy and sometimes downright difficult. One way or another, we are all challenged, which poses some unsettling questions:

  • How well do we love God’s creation?
  • How well do we treat animals?
  • How well do we love people?

Loving our Creator happens to be all-inclusive: we love the whole package: God and His handiwork.

Just imagine you built a house, put a lot of thought into the design, did not shy away from expensive materials and invested quite some time to get a satisfying end result. After your labor of love you decide to rent your place out. Subsequently, renters move into your property. You did all the due diligence, performed a background check, and made sure the perfect family moves in. Time goes by, and eventually, the lease is up. The renters move out. So you go to check on your property, and to your dismay this place now is a nightmare! How would you feel if your renters trashed your prized possession, your real estate that you developed with so much care? Do you think our Creator feels differently when we trash His creation that He built up from scratch? We would probably agree that treating His creation that way is not showing appreciation to the Owner of the universe.

The same is true when it comes to loving people. Unfortunately, a history of unending warfare goes to show that we are especially bad in the people department. In his letter to the Romans Paul explained how we could bridge differences between people, and here is what he recommends (Romans 15:7):

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”

One of Jesus’ revolutionary approaches in people management is to accept every human being regardless of race, social status, lifestyle, or amount of wreckage left behind. Jesus has a radically non-judgmental attitude that He wants to share with His followers.

Accepting people like Jesus has accepted them, is the beginning of a love journey, an adventure of a lifetime! Embarking on this kind of journey, Jesus won’t leave our side. He is the best travel companion ever! Hopping on His peace train we will make a profound impact in the world. Undeniably, the ripple effect of our love journey goes a long way – even though we might not notice the blessings we leave in our wake;  it’s a life well lived, and yes, you guessed it: it’s a wonderful life!

 “Get your bags together
Come bring your good friends too
Because it’s getting nearer
Soon it will be with you
Come and join the living
It’s not so far from you
And it’s getting nearer
Soon it will all be true

Peace train sounding louder
Ride on the peace train
Come on the peace train” (Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam)

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