I’ve noticed some things lately about you that have me a bit worried. Not that I’m attacking your character dear Christian but I have some concerns that I feel the unction to address. Dear Christian, where is the love you are supposed to be filled with when dealing with your neighbors? Dear Christian, where is the kindness that you’ve been shown from Christ when dealing with those in need? Dear Christian, where is your empathy? I noticed how you “just can’t be around people that sin” as if you were never in their shoes and I asked myself dear Christian, where is your humility? Was it not the love of Christ that picked you off the floor of sin and made you stand upright in HIS righteousness? Or is it by your own power and resistance that you have been saved? (Ephesians 2:8-9) Dear Christian, where is your understanding? I’m wondering how you expect to spread the gospel when you have forgotten the greatest commandment which is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) I know you may feel like you don’t owe a sinner an explanation dear Christian, but you do owe something and that is LOVE. By this you would have fulfilled the law of Christianity. (Romans 13:8) Instead dear Christian, you have been showing the opposite as if you are somehow better than them because you aren’t a sinner anymore… My dear Christian you have forgotten the instruction to build others up with encouragement not judgement, leading as examples of Christ. (Romans 15:1-2) You have forgotten dear Christian the love someone else showed you to lead you to church and help bring you to Christ. Dear Christian, how are you God’s child when you have forgotten the instruction to have “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on LOVE, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:12-14) Dear Christian, help me understand! When you cannot be bothered with the presence of sinners how do you expect them to come to Christ? How then can someone who doesn’t know Christ or you be expected to give you the time of day and listen to this good news when you meet them without love and kindness? Without the humility of remembering your past? Which sinner do you expect to confide in you and ask for help when they don’t feel loved or wanted??? Dear Christian it is our duty to love ALL, not just Christians. How do you expect to love somebody when you cannot be bothered with their company? When you talk to them as if they are less than the beautiful creature God intended them to be? We are called to evangelize yet we forget in order to do so we must walk in gentleness to keep the peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)
These are just questions dear Christian to help remind you of the instructions we should be following. I know you may not love what I’m saying but I assure you I say it out of love. I am sure the fruit of this letter will make it all better. (Hebrews 12:11) I love you and I want us to do better TOGETHER. There are people that need to know the goodness that abides in Christ. But if we can’t go to them completely abiding in love, we will never get them to see the light.
Grace & Peace,
P.S.- “Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.” (Proverbs 8:33)