Angela Montez, a clerk at an Indianapolis Advance America, has been getting a lot of media attention for her response to an armed robber. Montez began praying and witnessing to would be robber Gregory L. Smith. Smith an ex-serviceman and unemployed AC repairman had turned to robbery out of desperation. He and his family were the verge of being homeless.
If you haven’t seen Robin Roberts interview with Montez, which aired on Good Morning America last week it is worth watching. Montez raises some interesting points about the responsibility we have to help those who are in need.
Found this tidbit a couple of weeks ago in the devotional I was reading.
Your love for God is only as great as the love you have for the person you love the least. — Dorothy Day
The more I think about it the more profound it is. A quick look in the concordance and I found more about our love for others. In Romans, Paul urges us to have genuine love for others.
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:9-10, NLV
We are not just to fake caring about others but be sincere. Further we are to “take delight in honoring others”. This means to have respect, truly value and accept others for who they are not just those that we like. In Matthew 44:43-44, Christ commands to love our enemies.
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew 44:43-44, NLV
It isn’t that hard to love people that we care about or like us. The hard part for me at least is showing love to those who are though to love.