“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” I Peter 3:8
Last night I had a great time with my home fellowship group. It is no secret that I love talking about the topic of God. I truly enjoy listening to all of their input and ideas. I have never felt more relaxed than being around fellow Christians but is it supposed to be that way?
In our discussion, we talked about being in our “Christian” bubbles. Once a person gets saved they get comfortable; not always but most of the time that is where they stay. I am really guilty of that. I used to have a lot of non-Christian friends but those same friends were the ones who gave me the excuse to do non-Christian things. I used to smoke, drink, curse, belittle people, carry around hatred and bitterness, and some things that I really do not care to mention but lets just say I broke every commandment.
When I recommitted my life to Christ I took it seriously. Sure I have made mistakes along the way but have also made, nearly, a one-hundred eighty degree change. Unfortunately, that meant disconnecting myself from all of my non-Christian friends. I placed myself in the bubble. But does God really want that? I don’t believe so.
The verse does not say be sympathetic, love or be compassionate and humble to only Christians. I completely understand that it is easier but since when did He tell us life and doing His work would be easy?
The Great Commission tells us to learn about Christ and then go tell others but all to often we skip over the second part. We get really used to going to church on Sundays, having Bible study groups with our friends and praying for each other but forget or ignore the fact that Christ came to heal the sick (save the lost). As “little Christs” we are to do the same so how did He do it? He humbled Himself, putting others first.
You don’t need to agree with how a person is acting in order to show them compassion, love, and sympathy, just humble yourselves.
I am grateful for the work He is doing in me to create a more humble version of myself.