“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Written by: Michael Burgard
We’ve all been there, sitting in a restaurant next to a table with a family that has a little one who is not having the greatest day. Before you know it, you’re glancing over trying to see what the parents are doing to keep their child quiet, all while your conscious is secretly judging their parenting skills and thinking what you would do if that was you.
This exact thing happens to us as Christians. Everything we do and say is representing to the rest of the world what our God looks like.
So could you imagine what it would look like “to the rest of the world” for you, instead of staring at their table, to go over and show grace and love to those parents? I know this can feel awkward and downright frightening, but with a little bit of courage you could show them something they likely haven’t received in awhile: grace and love. In return, they just might see a little bit of the overwhelming love our God gives us. This is a simple parable, but imagine all of the situations you could apply this to in your life.
By our love He will be known to all. His love shall provide light to all dark places. When we receive Jesus as our savior, we receive something that everyone desires to have: love. God provides perfect love to us, but He also commands us to share it with others. When God gives us love, He also gives us relationship with Him and with those around us. Those relationships can grow through the love and understanding that God provides and teaches us to have with one another.
Thought of the day: As you go throughout your day, try looking back at this verse each time you have an encounter with someone who is in a different situation than you. Try to think about how you might be able to see their point of view, and show that individual the love God has provided to you.
Prayer: God, I ask You to help me fully understand the perfect love You have for me. Teach me to provide that same love You give to me to those around me that I encounter throughout my day. God I pray You give me the courage to love those around me.