This is a great verse for Palm Sunday, isn’t it? We all need to be reminded how this journey called Christianity is supposed to work.
We are to love one another – because Christ loves all of us. Does that mean we always see eye to eye on everything? No, it doesn’t. It does mean that we show respect for one another, whether we are shown respect in return or not. We’re responsible for our own behavior – not anyone else’s. If each of us would do our very best to show the love of Christ, wouldn’t this world be a better place? I think it would. What if we were all a place of REST for each other?
I love this poem in particular because this is exactly what God’s children need to be for one another. Sadly, it often becomes a case of using instead of nurturing. Sometimes we just need a friend in Christ to talk with about everyday things. It may seem unproductive to some, but you have no idea how much it means to the one who needs to be heard and helped. It’s sometimes a matter of letting a friend know that you are praying for them. If we can listen more than speak and pray more than fret… we’ll be a good representative for our Savior.
Here’s what we’re not – PERFECT. God is perfect and only with His help can we love perfectly. People – yes, even Christian people… can be frustrating sometimes – yes, I can frustrate others too. Here’s the deal – if we can just understand that our brothers and sisters in the Lord are imperfect human beings just like us – and if we can just be quick to forgive one another – which, again… I’m not great at doing… but I’m working on it – that is when we will love perfectly with Christ-likeness. I hope others have forgiven me for mistakes I’ve made against them. I try to forgive them as the Lord wants me to. That’s how Christianity works, and it only works with Christ in the center.
Before I go, I’d like to remind you to look at my post on 4/5. The story DAISY’S COLT, written by Lucinda Berry Hill and myself, with beautiful illustrations by Marian Poppy Ballestero is there. If you have a little one in your life, it would be great to read this story to them. Have a nice Palm Sunday! 🙂