Recently, due to an unusual course of events in my life, I found myself in a psychologists office having my life evaluated. This was not the first time I have sat in a psychologists office, and I began thinking of the different people I know in the psychological and mental health field, and even in the greater health field as a whole. I began pondering the many, many people that have touched my life over the years.
Doctors, lawyers, teachers, social workers, mail carriers, farmers, preachers, veterinarians, nurses, grocers, and so many other people. I have been blessed to met and interacted with people from all walks of life. I love people. I haven’t met a person I couldn’t talk to. I don’t care what color a person is, I don’t care what religion you claim, I don’t care about your lifestyle choices, that is not the first thing I see. When I first meet a person I want to see them as their creator sees them. I have a great desire to understand and learn from every person I meet.
That being said, I am seeking after the best life. I desire to have the life Yehovah God, my creator, intends for me to have. I believe that to have the best life, the blessed life, I must seek after Yehovah with all my heart, mind, and soul. I must pursue Him and His Ways. I believe that the Bible is the key to the fullest and best life. The Bible is the Word of God written down by inspired men of God.
The Bible is a history book, a love letter, a practical guide, and the answer key to the meaning of life.
Because of my belief in the Bible, it does matter what lifestyle choices people make in my relationships. It does matter to me what religion a person claims to follow if they want to be a part of my life. Why?
The answer is simple, the Bible says there is only one true religion. The Bible says, there is only one God. The Bible says we must choose His Ways.
That is why I care.
But I have been thinking about something that the Bible says…
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against any of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the YHVH.Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
This is My command to you: Love one another.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another.
Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law.
Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.
The entire Law is fulfilled in a single decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.
1 Thessalonians 4:9
Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Continue in brotherly love.
1 Peter 1:22
Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.
1 John 2:7
Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old one, which you have had from the beginning. This commandment is the message you have heard.
1 John 2:8
Then again, I am also writing you a new commandment, which is true in Him and also in you. For the darkness is fading and the true light is already shining.
1 John 3:11
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 3:23
And this is His commandment: that we should believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and we should love one another just as He commanded us.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:10
And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:21
And we have this commandment from Him: Whoever loves God must love his brother as well.
2 John 1:5
And now I urge you, dear lady–not as a new commandment to you, but one we have had from the beginning–that we love one another.
A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
What do all these verses have in common?
Loving others no matter what. You see I am not God. I am not the judge of any man (or woman). I am just a sinner saved by grace. I am on a journey with my Lord and Saviour, Messiah Yeshua. But I have not arrived.
Recently, as I said at the beginning, I have found myself in a very unusual place. A place that has been difficult to journey through. Yet, through my journey, many have come alongside me and offered me support, love, encouragement, and have prayed on my behalf. I will list some things about the people who have been a part of my journey.
Some have tattoos, some are living a homosexual lifestyle, some are struggling with alcohol, some have committed crimes, some swear, some are divorced, some spank their kids, some never spank their kids, some have had an abortion, some have lost a child, some have been disowned by their own families, some are on social security, some send their kids to public school, some homeschool, some vaccinate their kids, some don’t vaccinate their kids, some struggle with cancer, some struggle with anxiety and thoughts of suicide, some smile despite their pain, some have traveled the world, some have never left their small town, some go to church, some don’t go to church, some play sports and watch sports, some go to college, or went, some haven’t or won’t, some are farmers, cowboys, and some have never left the city, some only eat organic, nongmo food, and some eat at McDonald’s every week.
I could go on and on. But those are not the things that matter most to me about these people.
What matters to me is that they love others, they love me.
In my hour of need, these are the people who came to my side. These are the people who showed kindness and compassion. These are the people I know will do anything they can for a child in need, a widow in need. These are the people, I personally know, that would die to help a stranger.
These are the people on my weekly prayer list. These are the people I love and admire. Not because they are perfect. Not because they have figured out all the answers. But because they, like me, are on a journey. They are seeking the truth. Each of the things I listed above is about a real person in my life. I don’t see eye to eye with them on everything. But I love them, and I pray that they will seek the Kingdom of Yehovah first each and every day.
I do not know where their relationship with Yehovah is, and I am grateful I do not have to be God and decide their righteousness. I am so grateful for the sacrifice Yeshua paid for me and for each of them. My hope, my prayer is that each of us every day grows closer to Yehovah and walk closer to His Ways.
Because that IS THE BEST LIFE!