Anyone else round here getting fed up with humans? I know that we have to share the planet with them, but why do they have to be so annoying? What is wrong with them? They seem to get everywhere. There are even some humans in the church I attend. Unbelievable!
Joking aside I guess that most of us get upset or annoyed, and suffer a whole load of unhelpful emotions daily because of the way that human beings around us behave. There is of course a very slight possibility that we may also be very annoying humans ourselves, but the less said about that the better.
The problem is that we did not ask to be born, and neither did God consult us concerning our families and homes, the countries where we would live, the level of IQ we would be blessed with (or not), or the jobs we would do. At least Adam and Eve got a beautiful garden, and didn’t face the morning commute, poor working conditions, or even have a boss other than God. Their lives were so good that they only had one rule to obey. Imagine living in a country with only one law. It is a shame that Adam and Eve were also human and very quickly broke the one rule they were given. This single moment of madness has caused a shedload of trouble for humanity ever since.
But is the situation any one of us finds ourselves in the fault of Adam and Eve and one tiny little apple? Or is that we also have broken one tiny little rule that Jesus talked about? The rule to ‘love God, and love others.’
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40 NLT)
It seems that the Pharisees and Sadducees were very annoying humans. They bugged Jesus a lot with silly questions, and did their very best to trap him into making statements that could be used against Him. They failed miserably and had to use false testimony and trumped up charges to gain the dodgy conviction that resulted in the most unlikely execution of all time.
Why did God allow a bunch of human failures to treat Jesus in this way? Because for some reason God loves humans with a love that none of us have a hope of understanding completely. Whether we understand it or not we cannot deny it. The question really is whether we are prepared to allow the love of God to make such a difference in our lives that it will also make a difference in the lives of other humans. If I, if we, have the love of God in our hearts then surely it should be an infectious love that spills out of us and touches other lives as well as our own, specifically the lives of the annoying humans we have to interact with every day. So what is holding us back?