Love one, as God does


By Benjamin Budde - Contributing columnist



We are on a planet of world changers. We all want to make life count in some way or another; to commit to a better education; to working late hours; to volunteer at our churches; all to further our abilities to be difference makers.

We want to matter, but it can’t be about the matter! It’s got to be about the why. Why do you do what you do? Is it for ourselves or others?

I know for myself I had a real problem loving myself until giving my heart to Christ Jesus. I was my own worst enemy, and Jesus said to love your enemy, not only to love yourself but to learn to love others. I believe this is why God made us! We are all created equal in God’s eyes. The world is full of falsified titles, but with God, there is only one way, repenting of sins, our way of doing things and turning to the way of Jesus. The world is always saying we’re not equal, we would be better than him or her if we had this or looked like that! We all have a heart and a mind, and if we think right we can do right! But it seems as if our thoughts are bombarded with screens like TVs, laptops, and phones that we can’t keep a grip on our own thoughts to see what our hearts might be telling us. Men’s eyes cannot be satisfied just like a fire it cannot be quenched.

Only the heart can bring completeness. Just as St. Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” You see St. Augustine tried to find his fulfillment in sex, but he was always left wanting. Only in the day he found Jesus did his relationships make sense.

I believe we see that there is a right way and wrong way of doing things. Take for example, driving on the road the right way gets you to your destination, but driving on the wrong side of the road can get you stuck in the ditch or even killed. I got so tired of failing. Trying to love my way always left me feeling alone even in a crowd of people. I ask Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, to show me how to love. You see, loving my way was all about how I felt, not about others! God’s word renews the mind. It’s like cool water that satisfies the heart to understand how to love our neighbor and our biggest enemy.

To love God is to love the one Who made us equal. “Then He (Jesus) put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly,” Mark 8:25. How the world would change if we used our faith to see and to love one, as God does.

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By Benjamin Budde

Contributing columnist

The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.

The writer is a husband, father, preacher, writer, artist, musician and songwriter. Ben and his wife, Missy, reside with their three sons in St. Marys.