What if we loved each other? No, I mean actually loved each other. Oh, but what do I mean? Allow me to give you an example. Let’s say you were sitting in a chair, and someone you dislike greatly came and asked you to give them your chair, which would leave you without one. Would you give him the chair? What if Jesus asked you for a chair? I bet you would do it. I bet I would. But what about the first question? I’d have to say I probably wouldn’t. But Jesus says that what we do for others, we do for Him, and what we don’t do for others, we don’t do for Him.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’
“The King will reply, ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, You did for Me.’
“Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I was in need of clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’
“They will also answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or in need of clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help You?’
“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:34-46 NIV)
That verse is scary. If you see a man hurting and do not help him, you are refusing to help Jesus. You are leaving JESUS HIMSELF hurting! When I first asked you if you would give Jesus the seat, it sounded like an obvious answer, but what about now? Would you refuse to give Jesus a seat? Would you refuse to help Him? Chances are, you already have. I already have. I wish I could say it’s not true, but it is. What I haven’t done for the least one of these, I haven’t done for Jesus. Whenever I get mad at someone and call them names, or ignore someone, or think bad of someone, I do it to Jesus. I don’t like that, because I do stuff like that all the time.
So, what’s the good news? The good news is that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
That doesn’t mean you just have to believe in God; even Satan does that. Nor just believe Jesus died for our sins; even Satan believes that. You’ve got to love Jesus Christ with all of your heart. If you loved Christ, you would love others, which brings me back to my original question: how would we act if we truly loved each other? Instead of trying to answer that myself, I’ll say this: read the gospels. Study Jesus’s life and the way He acted in different situations. Stop and ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”