By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and j in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. (1 John 3:16-24)
This is an exerpt from our Bible study last night. This is an example of Christ’s perfect love and the love we are to have for each other. We may see many Christians who will claim to have the love of Jesus but it is sometimes very difficult to see that love manifested in outward connections to people… at least not all people. I believe it was Ghandi that said, “I like your Jesus not your Christians… they are nothing like him.” Why are so many people turned off of church and Christianity? Maybe we are missing out on the love for one another. There are always people who are going to be hard to talk to or hard to love but we still have a commandment to love them anyway. We have to be out there making connections to people where they are and not expect them just to grace the doors of the church.
I love sitting at the coffee shop, when I have a few days with my in-laws I love going to the restruant with Jill’s dad to have breakfast and shoot the bull with all the local farmers. I don’t agree with everything they talk about but there is a lot of wisdom and knowledge about life that can be found there. That is how relationships are built and connections are forged that will lead people to the love of Jesus, it won’t happen when ministers are too busy within the walls of the office administering to the needs of those that already claim to know Jesus. In both of my previous worship ministries there were “suggested” guidelines about needing to be “seen” in the office and I now regret the relationships that I didn’t build simply by taking my laptop to the coffee shop a couple of times a week.