Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Jesus I Come"1 (Lyrics)
John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (RSV)
Matthew 5:44 – But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (RSV)
- Through Your Eyes
Lord, help me to see others as diamonds in the rough
With today's society, that can be tough.
Like the ocean tide that goes in and out
Take out what's not You and leave what You're all about.
Before the world can change
I have to do my part, so…
Lord, let me see the world through Your eyes
Open my ears so I can hear their cries
And then, no matter what they have done
Because of You, my heart they have won
Since I try to see others as diamonds in the rough
Through Your eyes, it really isn't tough.
– Brenda Vargas
I must admit that I do sometimes have trouble loving everyone the way Jesus loved. The more that I read the Bible and pray that God would open my eyes and let me see others the way that He does, it seems to help. Do I have a way to go? You betcha! … and I am sure that we all do. We need to keep on trying to love them and taking advantage of the ones that God purposely puts on our path to see our reaction, even if it may be only a smile or a pleasant hello. Seize the moment! If not, God can bless someone else with the privilege of showing His love to that person. But let's get out of our comfort zones and let God help us to show His love to others as He loves us.
Is there someone who has hurt you? Or maybe, you left things with a sour ending. What about the new neighbours who moved in and do not look quite like you? God has put diamonds all around us. Can we take the time and get to know who they are? Can we love them with Jesus' love?
Prayer: O heavenly Father, forgive us when we turn our backs on some who may be different from us, who may in fact be enemies. With the help of the Holy Spirit, may we break those barriers and just love. So many do not yet realize that they could become Your children, but hopefully, as we show the love of Jesus, they, too, will join us. Help us, Lord, to love others the way that You love us. In Your precious name, we pray. Amen.