You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you do not really listen. (Isaiah 42:20)I was reading from Isaiah this morning, and the truth of this verse really hit me. Immediately, another verse jumped out of the recesses of my mind and grabbed the hand of the first verse and added even more conviction:
Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. (Romans 12:9)
I have this verse written on multiple index cards (if you don't use them to write verses on, you should!) and I certainly love the way it says exactly what it means. But what we all really took this to heart? What if I let the first verse plant itself in my motives so that I begin to act on the truth that I read in the second verse?
Loving others. Really loving others. Not discriminating. And loving to the fullest. Loving those I like, those I don't like (you have them too) and those in need, everywhere. If I truly love others, sacrificing is nothing. Sacrificing my money for the poor, my time for the lost and confused, and my emotions for the needy is worth all of the pain or frustration because I know the truth and it says to really love and I refuse to listen but not hear, see and not act.