Great Things!

Mother Teresa

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One of my devotionals did something completely out of the ordinary and quote a Catholic. Keep in mind, the original Catholic church was not the one that we know of today. The real one, was the one that Peter founded in the name of Jesus, his friend, and savior. While I agree with many (not attacking anyone here) that the Catholic Church as a whole has fallen from what it was meant to be, I still believe that there is much to be learned from thousands of years of record keeping and preaching and feeding the hungry. With that being said, the following quote is from Mother Theresa:

“It is not enough for us to say: “I love God,” but I also have to love my neighbor. St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you don’t love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And so it is very important for us to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is not true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me.”

How right she is, it is so easy for us to love our families, friends, and neighbors when it benefits us. We can spout all day about how much we love God, but love is a VERB. Love is not a feeling you get, it is an action. A famous quote that I love is “Loving someone means doing something for them simply because it needs to be done”. In Theresa’s case, it was the children and people of India who were in poverty and riddled with disease. She was one of the most influential treasures in all of Christian history and I trust she is now seated at the foot of her Creator where she always wanted to be.

Reading this reminds me of my relationship with a family member. To love them, hurts. It is much easier to ignore them, their flaws, and their faults. It is much easier to not have anything to do with them because it is easier than dealing with the reality that is my relationship with them. I swore some time ago that I was completely DONE with them, and within a day, felt terrible about the things I had said both in my heart and with my mouth. Our “neighbors” aren’t always easy to love. But imagine how Jesus had to feel in the seconds that took place right before the first nail. “Why would I do this for them? They don’t deserve it!” No, those weren’t his words at all. With his dying words, he forgave, and asked his Father in Heaven to forgive the very people who were about to take his life. THAT….is LOVE.

Go show some love today, and God bless you

Chris

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