All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
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Some people are easy to love all the time, and some are easy to love some of the time. Some people, however, are difficult to love any time. The thing is, we Christians are not called to love provisionally or occasionally or selectively. We are simply called to love.
To complicate matters still more, Christian love is a discerning love. Some people seem to have little moral taste, so they are not troubled by the conduct of those who gain their fortunes wickedly or whose conduct is crude and cheap. Others do not expect much of themselves, so they do not expect much of others. Christians, however, being called to perfection, expect a great deal of themselves. When one demands so much of oneself, there are both conscious and unconscious tendencies to expect more from others.
All of which is to say that we Christians have been called to a task that seems difficult, if not impossible. Shall we conclude that it is just too much for us? Or shall we rationalize it by deciding that God never really intended us to love perfectly, so we should simply aim to be as good as we can? Can we really be expected to love as extravagantly as the New Testament seems to require?
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