Who or what are you claiming to love? Do your words reflect that?
Jesus talks about this concept in the Gospel of Luke:
Luke 6:43-45: “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."
Words reveal who or what we really love.
Do we truly love our neighbors, our families, our friends? The people on the other side of the political spectrum? If so, our words should be filled with kindness and grace — seeking to understand before being understood.
This week, let's strive to make peace. Let's look at people through God's lens.
Worthy of honor.
When we see ourselves how God sees us, our eyes will be open to how he sees the rest of the world, too.
Every single person — no matter who they are, what they look like, how they vote, no matter if their name is "Joe" or "Donald" — every single person is made in the image of God and loved by him.
Let's pray for soft hearts. Let's pray for soft words. Let's pray for our hearts to be transformed by the gospel so that others can experience the transformation of the gospel.