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                    Loving People You Don't Agree With
                                         
                                    by Pastor Ray Dare


Every person matters to God. It doesn't matter whether they're Democrat or Republican, white, black, yellow or brown. It doesn't matter who they are or what they've done or even what they believe. Jesus died for them, Jesus loves them, God has a plan for their lives, and he wants them to have a relationship with him.

The Bible says in Mark 6:34, "When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd" (NIV). That's the way Jesus sees people.

The best way to know that you're looking at life from God's viewpoint is to look at the way you see other people.

It's the number one test of your spiritual maturity - not how much Bible you know but how much love you show in your relationships and how you see other people. Because life is all about love!

Paul prayed, "I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love..." Eph. 3:17b How can we be root and firmly grounded in love if you only love those who you agree with politically? Or love those who you get along with? Jesus said, "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them." Luke 6:32. To be firmly rooted in love we must love those who do not love us. You must love those that you don't get along with or agree with politically.

So let me ask you some pointed questions. How does God see people in life that you may disagree with? As Valuable? Acceptable? Lovable? Forgivable? Is that the way you see those people? Do you see people that you disagree with the way God does?

How about the stranger at the grocery store? The person who cut you off in traffic? The beggar on the street corner? What do you see when you look at other people? Do you see them as irritations? Do you see them as burdens? Do you see the people you work with as enemies? Do you see them as competition? Or do you see them the way God sees them?

That's the way we need to grow and learn to see people - to not only have compassion for people that you like and get along with, but also for people that you may not like and may not get along with.

Let your spiritual vision get larger and clearer and stronger as you learn to see people the way Jesus does.




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