Bible Reflection: Five Verses to Memorize and Recite – Redemption


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Five Verses to Memorize and Recite – Redemption

Loving Others Even When It’s Difficult to Love Them

by J.M. Troppello


Love is so important. This world needs more people who love as God does. This is a life-long lesson I’ve been learning. It’s hard to love “unlovable” people when you are walking in your flesh. It’s easier when you are walking in the Spirit and seeking God’s power to manifest in your life—so that you can love others. The following verses have helped me to love people—even when it’s difficult.


1. God Loves Everyone


16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17, NKJV)

God sent His Son, Jesus to save the world. He loves everyone – not the sin, but the sinner. As a Christian, you need to be like Jesus and love with the purposes of eternity in mind. Believe me, I know this can be difficult with loving some people who are ornery and seem unlovable. With God’s help of the Holy Spirit, you can love others you encounter daily.


2. Redemption Through His Blood


7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. (Ephesians 1:7-10, NKJV)

Redemption comes through Christ’s blood and death on the cross and subsequent resurrection. I can’t be saved on my own merit. This is a reminder to me that I need to live with an others-focused mentality in my Christian walk.


3. Saved Through Grace


8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, NKJV)

I am a sinner saved by grace. If you’re a Christian, you are a sinner saved by grace. Let that thought sink in for a moment. It’s only by God’s grace. That should give you pause when interacting with others each day. It definitely makes me stop and think about how I’m treating others.


4. Love One Another


A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34, NKJV)

Christians are called to love one another. How should they love one another? The same way that Jesus has loved you and me and everyone else. Jesus sacrificed Himself for the world. Wow! That’s another verse that gives me pause—when I look at it through the lens of eternity. Petty things are not worth it in the light of eternity.


5. Treat Others Well


Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 NKJV)

The Golden Rule “is the principle of treating others as one wants to be treated. It is a maxim that is found in most religions and cultures.” This verse, Matthew 7:12, is the “Golden Rule” mentioned in the Bible. Plain and simple – treat others the way you’d want to be treated. That’s not a difficult thing to do when you live with an others-focused mindset.


However, many in this world today have chosen “sides” politically, religiously, etc. and live in an “us v them” mindset. That is not how a Christian should live. Sure, there are differences (or should be) between how a Christian behaves versus a non-Christian. Yet, you won’t convince someone of the truth of the Gospel message by continually thumping the Bible over their head.


Changing Your Mindset


Treat others well. Walk in love. Trust God to help you walk in love to everyone. Live with an others-focused mindset.


  • God loves everyone

  • Redemption through His love

  • Saved through grace

  • Love one another

  • Treat others well


Read and apply these Bible verses to your life. They are definitely a reminder to me, that I need to daily evaluate my actions – and focus on loving others more.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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