“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. . . . And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:7-12,16
In short, they’ll know us by our love. I know that as a church (speaking generally, as in all Christians) we have a lot of work to do. I was really reminded of that this past weekend at the Oklahoma Women’s Retreat when we were challenged to be diligent to take every interruption as an opportunity to “splash the living water (John 7:38) on someone, to do more than “ply our trade” (Luke 10:39-42) and become real disciples of Jesus and to seek to minister to the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40) – the poor, the lonely, the sick . . . they will know us by our love.
While we have a lot of work to do on a whole, I am encouraged by how I am seeing this play out in my own life and the lives of those around me. . .
They know us by our love when a busy couple with three children of their own under the age of 5 offers a mom in a tough spot babysitting, for free, anytime.
They know us by our love when a teacher takes the time to do more than say “your child is acting up in class,” but listens and works with parents to get to the root of the problem.
They know us by our love when a little over 2 thousand women at a weekend retreat donate $15,000.00 to buy Bibles for believers in China who have never held one.
They know us by our love when those with very little give very much.
They us know us by our love when rather than gossip, we really pray for and carry each other’s burdens.
They know us by our love when we give out of what we have, even if it hurts.
These are noy hypotheticals friends, but real acts of love and service that I have been privileged to see carried out in the lives of believers around me. Be encouraged today! “We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Please leave a comment sharing how you’ve seen love in action!