What I read today;
1 John 3-4; Acts 13-14; Jeremiah 34-35; Psalm 63; 2 Samuel 20-21; Leviticus 8
1 John 3 vs. 11-22 – “For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. All who hate a brother or sister are murderers, and you know that murderers do not have eternal life abiding in them. We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?
Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.” NRSV
What is the thing that is supposed to separate the followers of Christ from the rest of the world? How is the world supposed to distinguish followers of Christ from the rest of the world?
We are supposed to be the ones showing compassion to the hurting. We are supposed to be the ones showing mercy to the sinners. We are supposed to be the ones giving hope to those with no hope.
Jesus commanded us to feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit the sick, shut-in, and prisoners.
It is love that is what should separate us from the rest of the world. It is a Gospel of action that we are called to. When we see injustice, we should speak out. When we witness evil, we should stand up.
It is our job to become a reflection of the Savior who ate with sinners, showed compassion to the adulterer, healed the sick, and raised the dead.
How do we reflect that each and every day?