This semester has been one of immense spiritual growth (which is just like any other semester at MNU). I’ve learned a lot about my myself and who Jesus is through the many experiences and opportunities I’ve had this semester. I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned recently, so I thought I’d share a few things in hopes to encourage you or bring a new perspective to you.
The most significant/memorable thing that Jesus has taught me this semester can be summed up in three words:
Just love people.
Simple, right? The new millennial wave of Christianity says this all the time. But the truth is, it’s not simple. I’ve been reading through the Gospels this semester and Jesus said some pretty tough things. Here’s one of them:
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.” Luke 6: 27-30 (ESV)
In order to love people, we have to understand the definition of love. I don’t wanna just talk about love, I want to embody love. As I’ve been praying for the lost, and the ones that have wronged me, Jesus had given me His heart for all of His people. My heart aches for every soul I come in contact with that doesn’t know the love of Jesus. When I come in contact with those who don’t know Him, all I want to do is hang out with them. I want to get to know them. I don’t want to shove a Bible down their throat or try to convince them into faith. I just want to love them, and show them that they are worth it. That they’re valued. That they’re so loved. I believe there’s gold in everyone and I’m determined to find it.
This semester, Jesus has changed my heart in that way. He’s shown me that love is the answer to everything. Someone doesn’t know Jesus? Love them. Someone mocks Jesus? Love them. Someone hates you because of your faith? Love them.
I’ve met so many incredible people this semester that don’t know the Lord. They’ve become some of my closest friends. I don’t love them because “I’m supposed to” or “maybe they’ll go Heaven if I do.” I love them because they’re cool people. When I look at them, I look at them with the eyes of Jesus. I see love, potential, and value. Not being a Christian doesn’t make someone any less valuable or less worthy of love.
Ever since I’ve started hanging out with people outside of my “Christian bubble,” there have been a few rumors and questions about my character. When this first started happening, I was very discouraged and upset with the MNU community. However, after meditating on the life of Jesus and asking Him for wisdom, I couldn’t help but be filled with joy when people came to me with questions about false accusations they’d heard about me. I know it sounds weird that I was joyful to hear those things, but that was the life of Jesus in a nutshell. He was questioned and accused. There were rumors spread about him. And through it all, He just kept loving people. I don’t want Christians to ever forget Jesus’ response to a question he was asked about why he hangs out with “sinners.”
“And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at His disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.'” Luke 5:30-31 (ESV)
There’s one more Bible passage regarding love I’d like to remind you all of before I end this thing.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoings, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I hope this could be a reminder to just love people.
Thanks for reading.