Jesus said – “If y’all are seriously interested in what it’s going to take for people to recognize that you follow me, here it is. It’s really not very complicated. Ready? Love each other. That’s all. Got it?” John 13:34-35… Read More ›
This is what Jesus was talking about when he said that the world will know that we are Christians when they take notice of how beautifully we love one another. That’s supposed to be the neon sign that tells the truth about who it is that we follow.
The goodness that Good Friday makes possible is foundational to practical Christianity. If we are not excellent to each other, then Christ is not alive in us.
Jesus was as clear about this as he was about anything: “The world is going to be convinced of the truth about me – my life, my words, my invitation to know God – only to the extent that you all (y’all – the church) demonstrate authentic love – in effect modeling this love as a vibrant community, an invitation, a living testimony to grace” (John 13 – author paraphrase).
We are called to be God’s light and love in this often dark and broken world. Our ministry is not criticism, or judgment, but reconciliation, healing, and grace.
We were created for community by the Father, we were equipped for community by Jesus, and we are called into community by the Holy Spirit.
much of modern Christianity has moved backwards, into a lightly Christianized religiosity that has little to do with the invitational, “the world will know you are my followers by the way you love one another,” reconciliation-oriented mission of Jesus.
You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace. Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride. Your love is better than wine…… Read More ›