We often forget that we are made in the image of God, the Imago Dei. This includes those with whom we disagree, those with whom we argue and fight, and those who we love.
But what do you see when you look at someone you are angry with, you are having an argument or just having a bad moment with? Do you see the person that God created, who has purpose and worth, or do you see the worse that is in that person.
We must remember that no matter how badly we have been treated, we are called to respond in love. When God had finished the creative process, He created Adam, he said it was “Very good.”
If God declares that we have intrinsic worth, how can we treat those with whom we have disagreements with disdain? Let us not merely try to live at peace with all, but as far as it depends on us, live at peace with all.
Racism and class warfare seem to be the order of the day, but they are not what the Body of Christ should be engaged in. Those with whom we disagree should receive the same respect as those with whom we are in full and hearty agreement.
It is not just our friends that are created in the image of God, but those with whom we most violently disagree.
This is why the words of Jesus are so revolutionary; we are not to be kind to those who are kind to us, but we are to give love to those who hate us and use us and do all kinds of injury to us.
It’s easy to be kind to those who are like us, who are nice to us, those who agree with us. But it is only by the supernatural love of God that we are able to go beyond that to show the love of the Father to those who hate us.
Stop taking the easy way out. Stop being tribal and expand your horizons. Go beyond what you are able to do, and do what only God can enable you to do.