For Love or Hate?

When advocating change, taking a stand for a cause, is it done out of love or hate?

“It (Love) is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking,” (1 Corinthians 13:5 Amplified).

20170307-For-Love-Or-Hate-Movements-Based-In-Hate-Fizzle-Quote-photo-from-unsplash-by-Pawel-Janiak.Right now the people of the world love to make a show of themselves. It seems like there is a new movement or “social justice” group rising up and protesting. Nothing ever comes of these protests other than news segments and viral videos being shared on social media. In fact, it seems like more often than not these protests are more effective at creating counter-protests rather than the change they advocate.

These movements don’t achieve much because they are focused on themselves more than anything or anyone else. They promote themselves over their values. They are angry, hateful and selfish. This comes out in their rhetoric and the fact that they are better at communicating what they are against rather than what they are for.

These are movements based in hate, so they fizzle out.

For-Love-Or-Hate-Everything-Jesus-Did-Quote-photo-from-unsplash-by-Kayle-KaupangerOver 2,000 years ago Jesus started the greatest movement in the history of mankind. Its influence has only increased since it began and it has impacted the world more than any other political or social movement. He didn’t do it by promoting Himself, talking about what He hated or spewing anger and fear from a stage. He did it by living a life of serving others and then giving His life through death on a cross.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8 NASB).

Everything Jesus did was motivated by love.

He lived His life to glorify God and show God’s love to everyone around Him. He always turned the spotlight away from Himself and placed it on His Father. That is why His movement, Christianity, continues to grow and change the world.

There is a simple and powerful truth hidden in this contrast: What is done in selfishness and hate will die, but what is done in love will last.  For-Love-Or-Hate-Hate-dies-Love-lasts-Quote-photo-from-unsplash-by-Cristina-Gottardi

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