1 Peter 4:8 One day I was annoyed with my boyfriend, I don’t remember why; but I do remember feeling unappreciated. Just as I had glanced out of the car window and sighed in all my dramatic flare, I heard God chuckle. “Imagine how I feel,” He said. And thus, Multitude was born.
1 Peter is a letter written to God’s people, in several Roman territories in Asia Minor, on how to conduct themselves in the face of persecution. He told them that the end of everything is near, so they should love each other fiercely, intensely, deeply…as if tomorrow wasn’t promised. He instructed them, to not only love each other, but to also show love towards those who persecute them. Peter implores us to love each other like Christ loves us because he knew that hate and resentment could not thrive within a love so deep.
Meditating on Peter’s words in the proper context allowed me to see my qualm in an objective light. The understanding of Christ’s suffering has seen me through many difficult moments; and although there are several scriptures I could reference that upholds this same principle, I’d like to focus on my favorite. The Golden Rule:Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Luke 6:31 A seemingly simple idea, but one difficult to follow. The world tells us that we need to look out for ourselves first, “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. While this is true, the thought is not complete as it assumes that we can somehow add more to our lives than God already has. Everything we need, we already have access to through the love that God has for us. We need only to depend on Him. What does trusting Him looks like?
It looks like loving your neighbor as you love yourself. This scripture acts as a mirror, forcing you to assess your own actions when contemplating why you’re not treated in a way you feel you deserve. It directs our attention away from self and towards God by highlighting the most beautiful part of our existence: relationship. God wants us to bring glory to Him by being good to each other. In my own experience, I have found that walking in love and righteousness does one of two things: 1. Attracts those who also walk in love and righteousness; 2. Shines a bright light on those who do not. Either way is a win, right? Could you imagine living in a world where everyone loved each other with the ferocity with which Christ loves us? Whew chile!
So, Multitude is a song about one of many wake up calls I had with God.
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I love you,