It’s not easy to love one another. It’s not easy to love one’s enemies. As followers of Jesus, we are called to that. It is a calling card of a Christian. It is what we are to be known by because that is what Jesus is known for.
That involved people and people are messy. We are messy. Others are messy. And sometimes that messiness leads to hurt and pain. And it’s not fun to be hurt, to be in pain. After awhile of this, the tendency is to want to shut off, to close ranks, to withdraw, to not feel. But that is not what should hold us back. Granted, it’s never fun to be hurt by people, regardless of whether they’re enemies or friends. But it’s good to remember in those times that Jesus knows what it feels like to be rejected, to be hurt by his enemies and his friends. But he still loved and cared for those around Him.
The Apostle Paul twice in two different letters to two different churches wrote “Do not grow weary in doing good” (to the Galatians and the Thessalonians). It’s easy to lose heart in situations where we get beat up emotionally while following Jesus in loving others. But it’s important to remember that we are not alone. We have the Holy Spirit, we have fellow believers to lean on and help to love others. We can continue to have a heart for those around us without losing heart because we as Christians follow the one who gave us a new heart.
“O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8:1-9
Psalm 8 is a great psalm that captures a musical heart as well as a theological heart. Several praise and worship songs borrow lines from this psalm. If you know those songs, you tend to begin to sing the lines if you recognize them (I know I do). It also has deep theological roots in speaking about creation, and about Jesus’ rule & dominion over the Earth. The beauty of the Psalms are that they speak and sing to the glory of God. This Psalm is a great example of that. This week, may your heart be able to sing “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”