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True Unconditional Love

Most of us feel pity when we see others suffering.  If we see a woman crying or a child who has fallen and hurt themselves we feel some type of empathy.  We feel sorry for the people who have been unjustly killed or sacrificed for the sake of hatred.  We become responsive.

Funny thing is, most people can’t even stand the people that they see every day like co-workers, bosses, family members, church members, and/or neighbors.  Since they irritate us we would rather not deal with them at all and we aren’t even compelled to figure out what ails them.

Ministry is so much more than a pulpit, a stage, and a microphone.  Sure we appreciate a praise team who helps to usher in the presence of the Lord.  We are inspired and encouraged by the word of the preacher, but what about us?  Outside of “church” related areas of ministry what else should we do?  We should love.

My goodness!  It sounds like the easiest thing in the world to do, but apparently it’s harder than it sounds.  How can I get on stage and minister to a group of people, but then refuse to deal with the ones who are in some way related to me?  Doesn’t God require me to love all?

I watched a doctor show a little while ago and there were two doctors talking.  They were arguing over whether or not to help a patient who was deemed a bad man.  One of the doctors said something so powerful.  He said, “We don’t get to choose who we help.  That’s the oath that we took. We help whoever needs help.”

I know that it sounds so plain and simple, but ministry is the same way.  We don’t get to choose who we minister to.  We minister to everyone that we come in contact with.  This list includes: annoying family members, cruel bosses, jealous co-workers, rude neighbors, and prideful church members.  Add to the list if you like.  The point is that as a disciple of Christ we can’t minister to or love people on the left while turning our backs on the people to the right because they “get on our nerves.”  Let’s love with a true unconditional love.