Daily Devotion #4

God Don't Like Ugly

"If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen."  1 John 4:20

I know that everyone's grandmother or great-aunt has said, "You know God don't like ugly now" or something along those lines.  I just read the book "God Don't Like Ugly" by Mary Monroe, and it had to be one of the most depressing stories I ever read.  It was about as depressing as "Precious" or "For Colored Girls" were.  But these movies depict the ugliness of humanity in the depravity these people experienced.  And truth be told, these movies and books are not fiction because life is like that.  Mothers hating their children and abusing them, people so cold-hearted that they cannot feel the pain of those around them.  God calls us to love each other as we love ourselves–but how can you truly love another human being when you were never taught to love yourself?  I aim to love myself more each day and turn that around and share it with others because that is what we are all called to do.  You want to see God–learn to love like He did!  The problem with the world is that it has been poisoned by hatred.  Any sign of difference serves as fuel for injustice.  God don't like ugly y'all and that means He doesn't like anything that will toxify your heart towards any outpouring of His love.  Have you ever noticed how all it takes to make a mean dog nice is love?  Sadly it takes the same to rehabilitate a mean person.  If you just keep on loving on that person, they will eventually have to see God for themselves and  only He can and will bring about a change in them.  You can't repay evil with evil.  When you look into the mirror, what do you want to see–God, who is love, or the ugly reflection of a person scorned?  Reflect love!

 
"Although you have never seen Christ, you love him. You don't see him now, but you believe in him. You are extremely happy with joy and praise that can hardly be expressed in words"  1 Peter 1:8
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