Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Have you ever read something that reminds you of a song? Like a verse that has a similar topic? Well, I have! I end up singing all the time when I read the Psalms, it makes it hard to continue reading. Anyway… today as I was reading in Romans, my brain reverted to Jesus’ words in John.
Check out these two verses…
“These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.” Romans 13:9b-10
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
The passage in John are some of Jesus’ final words to his disciples before he is taken away to be crucified. He was coming to the end of his road and wanted to impart his “final words of wisdom.” These were not words to be taken lightly, so much so that he made them a command. Love was of utmost importance to him. He wanted strangers to recognize his disciples belonged to him by how they treated others.
Loving our family or a friend is (or should be) a normal thing; but to love a complete stranger or even worse, the boss you can’t stand, can be quite a challenge. Do you find yourself showing love to the person you just don’t understand or are you avoiding them so you don’t have to talk with them? Jesus didn’t say it would be easy, but he told us to do it. (Don’t feel burdened, he will help you).
To be a Christian, loosely means we are to be “little christ.” Not to present ourselves as a god, but that we reflect who he is. To reflect his love, his life, his hope. Just like a child looks like their parents and tries to be like them, so, we as Christians, try to be like Christ.
How are you known by the people around you?
Arguer? Angry? Complainer? Rude? Lazy?
Or… Joyful? Kind? Generous? Servant?
Do your actions speak the Love of our Jesus or do they say “I’m in a hurry”? Do they show your love for the Lord or your love for yourself?
I challenge you to take a moment today and listen to someone, be generous, and smile; it can be the smallest thing, but to the person receiving it, it can be just what they need. Be the reflection of Jesus, and show His love.