And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens in Egypt.
It is easy to love people who are “like” us. People who believe the same things we believe, people who act the way we act and who seem normal to us. As a mom, we are no different. If our child brings home a friend who is similar to our family and looks normal to us, we embrace that child and are happy that a friendship is being formed. However, if our child brings home a friend who does not dress appropriately, talk appropriately or has different kinds of thoughts and morals, we tend to get fearful of the influence that child will have on our child. Therefore, we push the ‘alien’ child away and do not welcome him into our home. What does God have to say about this? God calls us to love.
We should make it our goal, to be the family who welcomes everyone with open arms, always showing love and grace. We can open our doors and love without compromising our standards or our values, but realize that it is our job to show love to everyone and not shun even the strangest of friends. God could be using your family to teach the ‘alien’ child, “this is what love looks like.” We, as moms, can be clear that certain language is not permitted in our home, certain partying is not allowed in our home, but we can say it in love and offer a better alternative. People want to be loved and they are seeking it everywhere they look. Sometimes God uses normal everyday people like us, to show His love to the world. But, sometimes the people God brings into our lives look and act rough. Look past the exterior and realize that every person is searching for love. Simply reflect Christ and they will be loved.
Father, Why do I only look at the outside of a person? God, I see the exterior of a person and instantly make a judgment about them. I know this is wrong and I desperately want to change. Give me Your eyes to see people the way You do and Your heart to love and accept them as they are. Help me love any person that enters my home and treat them with the love and respect they deserve.
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