Even Pagans Do That!

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There are people who don’t like you; for no reason. They just saw you and decided not to like you. In my village we say ‘my blood did not connect with theirs. (If you can, please translate to Swahili for it to sink.) There are also those who don’t like you because of what you did to them. On the other hand, there are people you don’t like: Some with very valid reasons and others for no reason at all. No one is exempt, we all have examples.

On the flip side, well, optimists will tell me this should have been the first paragraph. Too late! Now, there are people who like you for no reason. In my village they say ‘I love you for free’ (Again, do the translations) I believe you have also met some people and immediately liked them. Some have also met you and just liked you. Then we have people we like because of who they are to us and what they have done for us. Reason or no reason, this also applies to everybody.

Now, when we are to reciprocate, it is very easy to love those who love us. It is easy to do good to those who are good to us. It is easy to dislike those who dislike us. Get the flow? Now that’s the normal, ordinary expected nature of every human being. I once bought a birthday gift for an online stranger because they just expressed their love for me. I have never met them to date, but it felt so natural. I must also confess that I have avoided and blocked people because I heard they don’t like me. In fact, I labelled them toxic and walked away to protect myself.

God commands us to love: To love Him. To love our neighbours. To love our enemies. The first two are easy. The last part is where we draw the line. In Matthew 5:47, Jesus says “If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.” Really? I am expected to be good to my family, to love my children, to pray for my friends. It is natural. Even non believers take care of their families and are kind to them. But it takes a Christian who really understands what love is to be kind to those who gossip about them. To pray for those who do wrong to them. But because God expects us to, we know it is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 5: 43- 44 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”

Now think about those people you cannot stand. Those who have wronged you. Those who have hurt you. Those who have caused you misery. Those you dislike for no reason. Now pray for them. It is actually for your good. You will find freedom as you pray for them and do good to them. As a child of God, there should be a difference between you and the pagans.

May the Lord help us all.


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