By our Love

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 (NIV)

I was about to board a plane when I spotted them. You couldn’t help but notice them by the way they were dressed and the pattern of their conversations with those around them. I seem to run into them frequently in my travels and often end up in conversations where they try to convert me to their non-Christian faith. It’s what they’re trained to do.

I began to grumble to God in my heart, not wanting to waste time in meaningless conversation with one of them. But sure enough, as we boarded the plane, I discovered my seat was right next to a young man from their group. I gave up one last prayer hoping for a restful flight.

As I took my seat, almost sure of the conversation that awaited me, I felt a surge of conviction that most certainly came from God. It was as if God’s Spirit was saying, “This young man needs Jesus, and you have Jesus.” My heart softened as the young man began his speech. After a brief conversation about his religion and the good things it is known for, I discovered a guy who was openly confused, in deep pain, and longing for a faith grounded in love. Of course I shared with him what God’s Word says about how we can know Him personally, but more importantly I showed him that I cared about him as a person.

The whole experience reminded me that people need our love — and ultimately God’s love — not our religion or all of our right answers. And if they are going to receive love from us, it means we have to actually care.

Do you care? Are you willing to share the love that has been so generously poured out on you?

Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

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