“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” (NIV) John 1:9-11
We live in a world where it seems the wisdom of the day is “every man for himself”. In an environment like this, people are frequently taken advantage of and mistreated and sometimes we may find ourselves in one of these situations. We sometimes get frustrated with people when we feel that we are being treated unfairly. Sometimes we may be correct about our unfair treatment and sometimes we are not but as Christians, how should we respond to these situations?
One of the best ways to try and answer this question is to look at the life of Jesus? John 1:11 says “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” Was Jesus treated unfairly by those around Him? Absolutely! How did Jesus respond to this treatment? Again, the bible helps us answer this question in Romans 5:6-8 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The answer is that Christ responded with a profound display of love. The bible tells us that God is love and so, it should come as no surprise that Jesus’ reaction to all the rejection and mistreatment was to show love by doing what was best for those who rejected Him, regardless of what it cost Him. This is the same attitude we need to have as we seek to show God’s love to the world around us.
God’s love is so powerful and I always find it refreshing to reflect on His definition of Love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a in order to re-focus on what’s important “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” May God bless us as we seek to show the power of His love to this world!