Will they know us by our love? – Zebra crossing of prayer

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Will they know us by our love?
by Debbie Holloway

"This is how all people will know that you are my disciples if you love one another" (John 13:35).

Love is patient, love is kind and not jealous; Love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unobtrusively; it does not seek its own, it is not provoked, it does not consider false suffering, it does not rejoice in injustice, but rejoices in the truth; bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, bear all things (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7).

These two passages are arguably the most famous Bible verses about love. Love is a concept promoted by Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Muslims. It is a thing that atheists and agnostics recognize. Something that every man, woman and child wants to achieve every day. Love is something that we all know about and that we all want. But so often, the hardest thing for us seems to be to practice.

As Christians, we have no excuse for not knowing what love is. The first chapter of Corinthians 13 tells us this without a doubt. And Christ tells us in John 13 that the world will know we belong to Jesus if we practice that love. But how often do we really think of these two scriptures as one Command? How often do we put the "how" together? and the "what?" of love in our own life?

The consequences of this result in a well-defined but difficult life. If we combine 1 Corinthians 13 and John 13, what would our lives be like? How would people come to know Christians?

Well, they'd know us by ours patience. They would know about us that we are Christians satisfaction, Humility, and humility. They would know us because we would Not be rude. We would seek the best for others heavy make angry, and refuse to count how many times we've been hurt. They would know us because evil makes us sad, and truth makes us happy you would know us because we Protect the defenseless and we do not live in suspicion from others.

They would recognize us by ours hope. They would recognize us by ours endurance.

This is what love looks like. These should be the signs of Christ's disciples.

When the world hears "Christian" they often do not think of this love. You think patriotically. They think of rules. They think of stingy dump trucks blindly voting Republicans and judging you by drinking beer or using four letter words. And that couldn't be fair. It may not be you. However, it remains your responsibility to change the world’s opinion about Christians. It is still your responsibility to demonstrate that radical love Paul described for the Corinthians.

Because then people could start one after the other to get to know Jesus a little better. Because then we could really reach the world one after the other with this radical, biblical, Christ-like love.

Faith and life overlap: Find a relationship or duty in your life that lacks love. And change it.

Further reading:

1 John 1: 5
Romans 13: 8

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