Love First 

People are not always going to think the same way that we do. We know this. We were raised differently. We have grown up in different communities, in different churches, even in different generations. 

Jesus has called us to be humble. He has called us to be merciful. He has called us to love. Sometimes, for lack of a more eloquent word, that means we just need to hush. 

Love should trump our political and religious beliefs. Love should trump color and gender and economic status. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t stand for something – I’m saying to stand for love and humanity first. After all, that’s exactly what Jesus did in His short time spent on earth. Don’t be so dead set in the way you think “things” should be that you become unapproachable.

Essentially, this will blind you to the needs of others, and it will blind them to your heart. It will build a barrier so strong between y’all that you will never be able to show them God’s love. You are basically putting a muzzle on yourself, and no matter what words you speak they will never be heard.

It’s not our job to change people’s hearts. That would be God. It’s our job to live in such a way that people will wonder what we have that they don’t. Then a door will be opened to share the love and hope that has transformed every fiber within us. Be humble. Be kind. Put earthly differences to the side and just love others. Just love. 

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 

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