One thing to do if you want to be known by your love

5:30 am Wendy van Eyck 0 Comments

Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:35 (MSG)

Recently, Nadia Bolz-Weber tweeted a pic with some hate mail to her (from a "Christian") and the words: 
"They will know we are Christians by our (fill in the blank)” (tweet this)

Later that week I chatted to a friend about a family member who was involved with something they didn't approve of. My friend said, “They know I think it's wrong but how do I love them when I don't approve?”

I told my friend, “You love them. You love them they Jesus loves us.”

When I think about how Jesus loves I am deeply challenged. (tweet this)

Jesus loves the doubters. 
Jesus loves the deceivers.
Jesus loves the forgetful.
Jesus loves the fearful.
Jesus loves the arrogant.
Jesus loves the one who turns away from him. 
Jesus loves the questioner.
Jesus loves the thief.
Jesus loves the prostitute. 
Jesus loves the adulterer
Jesus loves the worrier.
Jesus loves the rich. 
Jesus loves the poor. 
Jesus loves me. 

Jesus loves me! 

I’m not perfect. Just ask my husband. 

If you followed me around 24/7 big-brother-style you’d find a million reasons why I shouldn’t be loved, a hundred things that would make you want to tell me why you don’t approve of my actions. 

Jesus must want to pull God aside for and say, “Wendy knows I think it's wrong but how do I love her when I don't approve?” 

But Jesus never condemns me (Romans 8:1).

Instead:
Jesus never gives up on me. 
Jesus is patient with me. 
Jesus is kind to me.
Jesus isn’t easily upset by what I do.
Jesus doesn’t keep score of my sins or revel when I grovel, but he does take pleasure in the flowering of truth.
Jesus puts up with anything and everything that comes along;
Jesus trusts God always,
Jesus always looks for the best in me.
Jesus never brings up my past but looks to the future. 
Jesus is with me right to the end.*

I am overcome with gratitude for the grace Jesus offers me: Love.

I want to be known for my love. And I want my love to look like Jesus’: generous and outrageous. 

Ponder: Do you think that others know you are a Christian by the way that you love others?

Prayer: Jesus, show me how to love like you have loved me. (tweet this)

*This is a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (mostly from the MSG and VOICE versions)

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