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“LOVE ONE ANOTHER”……

How can those Bible verses that we learn as children that seem so simple to repeat be so difficult to exemplify?  As a child, reciting the verse to “Love one another”, it seemed easy to love the children sitting in the circle of my SS class as we recited that verse.  I was not best friends with all of them.  I could not get a peep out of one of those that was extremely shy.  But, I held no animosity toward any and they had none toward me.  So, one would have to think and ask, “How hard could it be to love one another?

The LORD has a marvelous way of moving us to the “deep end” of the “experience” pool before we advance very far in our lives.  By the time college rolled around, it was a bit harder to practice “love one another”.  Suddenly on a university campus, we are living life with folks from various backgrounds, philosophies, temperaments, various forms of bias, and some who are just not pleasant people.  “Loving one another” became more of a mandate from God to be kept than a joy of childhood.  Some folks are just so abrasive, foul, and obnoxious, it took real discipline to be around them for more than a moment to keep from reacting in a much more hostile response than love would provide.

However, even among some of the most obnoxious people, the longer I was around them in a dorm or in a class, I did see them in moments of time where they were vulnerable, lonely, and hurting.  Once I saw that side of them, it made it easier to put up with some of their actions that were belligerent.  I could begin to befriend them at the point of their vulnerability and show concern because they let their “bluff” down.  I regret to say that I have far too often just written folks off that were not readily congenial.  And for those that are downright hostile, I usually don’t even try to show love.  I use the excuse of “not having the time to get involved”.  That excuse is not found in Scripture and it is not fulfilling Christ’s command. My spirit is wrong. May God help me to learn, even in this stage of life, that we will only reach people as we love them and show them the love of our Lord Jesus!  His attitude was, “Forgive them. They know not what they do!”  I want to be like my LORD.  I want to love more! Why is that so hard?

The film Schindler’s List chronicled the heroic efforts of a German industrialist named Oskar Schindler. Through his unselfish activities, over a thousand Jews on the trains to Auschwitz were saved. After Schindler found out what was happening at Auschwitz, he began a systematic effort to save as many Jews as he could. For money, he could buy Jews to work in his factory which was supposed to be a part of the military machine of Germany. On one hand he was buying as many Jews as he could, and on the other hand he was deliberately sabotaging the ammunition produced in his factory. He entered the war as a financially wealthy industrialist; by the end of the war, he was basically financially bankrupt.

When the Germans surrendered, Schindler met with his workers and declared that at midnight they were all free to go. The most emotional scene of the film was when Schindler said good-bye to the financial manager of the plant, a Jew and his good and trusted friend. As he embraced his friend, Schindler sobbed and said, “I could have done more.” He looked at his automobile and asked, “Why did I save this? I could have bought 10 Jews with this.” Taking another small possession he cried, “This would have saved another one. Why didn’t I do more?”  (Copied).