By Our Love

“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!


3 thoughts on “By Our Love

  1. Oh Crystal-love this and you know I’ve seen so much love lately. It was amazing to hear how much 2000 women gave at the retreat and then to watch them give their belongings after that.

    In my life just in the last 2 weeks a family member paid our electric bill, we received help from the church with other bills, another family member helped pay our rent and made sure I had money to eat on while Brian Sr was at the hospital, a couple bought and installed an a/c unit for our add on room where Brian sleeps, the PTA at the kids school gave us a gas card and money and so many people have brought food and continue to do so. The last 18 months have been so hard on our family but what He has proven is that he will always provide our needs. And even better than that He has strengthened Brian and I’s relationship despite the tough times and extra stress.

    Thanks for this blog and for being who you are and letting God shine through you.


  2. At church last week the young lady who was singing a song during the offering became so choked up by the words to the song that she just stood on the stage and sobbed through the entire last verse and chorus. The congregation joined in and sang the words together while she cried. She is someone we have been praying for for a long time… a prodigal whose heart returned to God before our eyes. We all sang through tears in our eyes as we watched her heart break before God. She was well loved that day!

  3. When a 3-year-old realizes that there are children who don’t have toys and says, “We have enough toys to share with everyone” and then helps you bag up a lot of the toys and give them away.

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