There is a verse in 1John that has always been difficult for me. It says:
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."
At first, I thought, "How do I do that, since I do not LIKE everyone?" Lately, the scripture that warns about being unequally yolked seems to separate me from everyone who is not a believer. There is a great song titled, "Let There Be Peace on Earth" that says, "With God as our Father, Brothers all are we". My question is simply, "Are we all Brothers and Sisters, even those who are believers in other gods or simply unbelievers?" Do you ever think about it? Christ died for ALL. Then God says in Chronicles, "...People who are called by my name..."? Is everyone 'called by God's name?' 'Tis a puzzlement, since it is absolutely impossible for me to recognize believers unless I can observe their "Fruit". God, through Jesus, Saves! But to be saved means we must do one definite thing. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he sent His beloved son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." That tells me that unless you believe in Christ Jesus as Savior, you are an UNbeliever. Does that mean that I am not required to lay down my life for you? Our service people, from military to law enforcement, put their lives on the line every minute, indiscriminately. Isn't that what God is asking for each of us. A person in service of security must never ask that question. He or she simply does their duty to protect us all - race, creed or color.
So, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."
See, how this is one difficult request?
And that's what I get from My Box of Chocolates right here in my little corner studio under the shadow of Kyle Field.
James G Austin '69