In John 13:34 Jesus tells us…A new command I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. This command is based on the unconditional love, which God has for us as our Father. This love is not based on performance or our traditions and finds its greatest fulfillment in the gift of Jesus Christ to us as our Savior and Lord. As we receive Jesus into our lives we become the children of God. As children, our heavenly Father loves us unconditionally. In the same way that God loves us, He asks that we love each other. As children of God, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Together, we are all part of God’s family.
Love people for who they are:
Jesus calls us as His followers to love one another.
Accept people as they are:
Jesus calls us as His followers to accept each other.
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says…Come to me; all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. God accepts everyone who comes sincerely before Him in brokenness and repentance. All He asks is that we surrender our lives to Him and yield to Him as our Lord. In the same way that Jesus accepts us, He asks that we accept others. We receive people where they are, not where we wish they would be. We accept everyone no matter where they may be in their walk with Jesus.
Forgive people no matter what:
Jesus calls us as His followers to forgive each other.
No matter what may have happened in the past we are to extend Jesus’ forgiveness and our forgiveness to others. Jesus tells us in Luke 6:37 …Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. As God’s children, we are to be people of mercy. We are to extend forgiveness to those who have hurt or offended us. Just as Jesus forgave our sins through His death on the cross, we also are to forgive the sins other commit against us.