How far will Christ’s love compel you? A great plague struck Alexandria, Egypt around 250 A.D. At the first appearance of symptoms, the townspeople drove the infected from their presence. The fear of death made them sever their closest family ties. Friends and relatives with the disease were thrown into the streets. The dead were left unburied.

Unfortunately, many Christians respond to the plague of carnality in the same manner. When a brother or sister in Christ shows symptoms of spiritual waywardness, our first reaction is to drive them from our presence. We see these people as enemies, not as victims of a corrupted sin nature.

Our fellow-Christians may sometimes be difficult to love, but we are to treat them as people for whom Christ died. It has been said, “In the midst of all imperfections, there is none so good and nothing so helpful as brotherly love.” At the end of the day, we are still united in Christ. Our love must go the distance.

Do you pray for your Christian co-worker who lashes out in frustration from the pressures of his job? Do you forbear giving a cutting remark when your child attempts to do a task but fails? Are you quick to forgive when a friend confesses he has wronged you? Christ’s love took Him all the way to Calvary for our faults. It must compel us to go the distance for our neighbors.

Love is not blind, it sees more not less. But because it sees more it chooses to see less. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.