At church today, the pastor talked about God's greatest two commandments- to love Him, and love others. He talked about Christ's company with taxpayers and sinners, and His simple focus on erasing their sins. Christ loved others period.
Right after church, I watched a newscast about a Christian church in Memphis that is welcoming a neighboring Islamic center. It was so touching to hear the pastor say, "We believe in Jesus. He tells us to love our neighbors." They welcomed them to the neighborhood with a friendly sign, and even offered temporary use of the church's space. The pastor didn't say he believed the same as they did, he didn't act like he'd compromise his own belief, he just followed what Christ would do, and loved his neighbor. Yes! This my friend, is GRACE. You love first! You reach out and be Jesus with skin on! Without expecting anything in return. The pastor did say the muslims were very appreciative and friendly.
We don't hate and turn our backs on others, we love them regardless of their belief, appearance, standard. That's how you influence the world for good, right? Soften your heart and others will feel the love!
Have any of you felt that growing up and being more in-tuned to the true doctrine of Christ, has given you the chance to be more emotionally expressive, to reach out to others in an influential way?