June 23, 2018
What does that mission really mean: Loving People Into A Lifelong Friendship With God? How is it that we go about loving people? It certainly is different than judging people and not even close to condemning people by their association with a belief system or life practice with which we don’t line up. Scripture is clear that Jesus didn’t approve of the behavior, the practice, of the woman caught in adultery. However, in the end, his words were ones of comfort: “Neither do I condemn you. Go and stop you practice of sinning.” We may, even here at FHC be enamored by the concept, the idea, some romanticized notion of loving people. But we must move on to boots on the ground. Every day, with great intention, planning, keeping it on the front burner, we must be actively seeking to love people. It will pay dividends to us; people like to be loved. But that’s not why we love. We love because he first loved us, and we want everyone to know the joy of a lifelong (eternal) friendship with the God who defines himself as love.