Recently, in our area, a young teenage boy took his own life due to bullying. It breaks my heart that someone so young would believe he was hated so much, believe there was no hope for him, and believe that the only choice he had was to end his life so early. There have been a lot conversations in our neighborhoods and in the media about bullying and what we as a society can do to prevent things like this from happening.
I mentioned in a previous post about realizing my worth in God, that he loves me so much that he would sacrifice his own son so that I could have a chance at a relationship with Him. But I tend to stop there. I want to live my life in a closer relationship with God, and I can get so inward focused that I lose sight of the next logical step.
If I’m worth that much to God, because I was created by him that means that everyone that was created by him is worth that much. That means every person on this earth is worth the redemption of Christ and a chance to have a relationship with God.
That seems overwhelming. However, I don’t think God is tasking any one person to love every person in the world, but I do think that He is calling us to love every person in our life. For some people in our lives, that’s easy. It’s easy to love those who think like us, who live like us, and who talk like us.
But it’s the people who aren’t like us, who disagree with us, who lead lives that we don’t understand, who attack and criticize us for who we are, that we tend to avoid. It’s easy to unfriend, delete, block or isolate ourselves from these kinds of people, but I believe God put these people, these opportunities for love, into our lives for a reason.
When we were still sinners, Christ died for us. When we were still unlovable, angry, critical, judgmental. When we didn’t live our lives in a way that honored God. When we were the kind of people God should isolate himself from, He still came into our lives and loved us anyway. Why should we be any different to the people around us?
We don’t love them so that they will do better in their lives. We aren’t in relationship with them to control their behavior or convert them to our way of thinking. We give them the same worth that God gives to us. We love them unconditionally so that they will know God. God gave us his love to share with others, not to keep to ourselves.
The tragedies in our community are a blatant cry for the love of God and the desire to know our true worth in a cruel and deceiving world. As Christians, we are called to remind others of the truth through our compassion, our love, our words and actions to everyone we meet, lift each other up when we fall, and encourage each other along our journey in this life.