Love people for who they are:
Jesus calls us as His followers to embody His love. In John 13:34 Jesus tells us, “A new command I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” This command flows from God’s heart of unconditional, father love, a love that’s not earned by performance or traditions, but that’s simply who God is. As we receive Jesus into our lives, that love is imparted to us, His children, to heal our broken lives and to flow out to bless others. It enables us to love one another and to share life together as a family, giving honor to each unique person.
Accept people as they are:
Jesus calls us as His followers to accept each other. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” God accepts everyone who comes sincerely before Him in humility and repentance. All He asks is that we give our lives to Him and yield to Him as our master. Just as we’ve been accepted by God, we extend genuine friendship to others, receiving them as they are, not as we wish they would be. This supposes a listening to people and their ‘stories’ to understand them and how God may be working in their life.
Forgive people no matter what:
Jesus calls His followers to forgive each other. As those who’ve been forgiven of a debt that we could never repay, we bear the privilege and the responsibility to extend Jesus’ forgiveness and our forgiveness to others. Jesus tells us in Luke 6:37 to…”Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” As God’s children, we are to be people of mercy, ready not to justify, but to forgive those who have hurt or offended us. The call to forgive ‘everyone of everything’ is challenging, but it’s the only way to have hearts that are open and pure.