Love and Friends

The number of friends you have does not show you how loving you are.

It seems we forget that. We define love our way and then use our own measurement tool to determine how loving we are. We look at our results, the number of people who like us, and we draw conclusions as to how loving we are.

If I have more friends than you then, obviously, I am more loving than you are. And if you have more friends than me, well, I better try to love a little harder then, eh?

But love does not always keep friends. “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you” (Luke 6:26). Being accepted by everyone is not a sign of good things.

The proper application is not to go out and be a jerk, however. The proper application goes like this:

Love is honest and brutal, it works out of truth. When you live and share the truth with people it doesn’t always go well. People hate the truth and they’ll hate you for representing truth.

Don’t consider it a strange thing if people hate you, they hated your Savior too. If you are one of the Savior’s kids, there’s no way everyone will like you. No way.

They killed Jesus and He was love personified; never forget that. Love is not friendliness at all costs. Love is the ability to act out of truth because you have a love for the souls of those around you.

2 thoughts on “Love and Friends”

  1. “For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life….”- 2 Cor. 2: 15-16

    These verses spoke so vividly to my heart while meditating on the scriptures I was reading this morning. Do we smell like Christ everywhere we go? Do folks get a whiff of true life when they are around us? Do we produce the fragrance of ever lasting life, and the wonderful aroma of hope, joy and godly love? Lord I pray we do smell of Christ.

    While to others we may be the smell of death. A sad reminder of a God they want nothing to do with. We are called to be the aroma of Christ rising up to the Father like freshly baked bread, and to all we come in contact with. Can people smell the Life of Christ upon us? It may produce friends, and it may produce enemies, but our job is to be the aroma of Christ.

  2. Well said and much needed to hear. Thank you. I put it on my blog as well.

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