1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all your things be done with charity.
The NIV says, “Do everything in love.” If it’s worth doing and it’s something I should be doing, then it should be done in love. If I can’t do it in love then I shouldn’t do it. Even correcting the ugliest of situations should be done in love. Jesus corrected my ugly state of affairs, when I was lost and on my way to eternity in hell, with love and in love.
We are not to love the sin, but we are certainly to love the sinner. When Jesus saved me, He didn’t go into all that was wrong with me and tell me I had to do this and that and then He would fix my problem. Rather He just picked me up, bound up my wounds, carried me to the Inn and paid my room and board. Just like the good Samaritan did when he found the poor soul who had fallen among thieves.
The good Samaritan could have gone into how stupid the poor man was for choosing that road when he knew there were thieves there. He could have gone into, you knew better and now you’re getting what you deserve, but he did not. Instead he carried the poor soul to a safe place, paid the cost for him to be there and said if this isn’t enough I will pay more when I return.
Let all your things be done with charity. Do everything in love.
What happened to the “Golden Rule” in today’s Christianity? Instead of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, it has become, he who has the gold makes the rules. When we have fallen among thieves, been wounded and beaten, how do we want others to treat us? Even if it was our own dumb choices that got us into trouble, how do we want others to treat us?
Let all your things be done with charity. Do everything in love. It is the only answer in today’s world.