A few days ago on July 4, some friends and I went to go enjoy some fireworks downtown. While we were talking and laughing with each other, a guy walked up to us, as kind as he could be, and handed us a blue half-sheet of paper that read:
“I am a follower of Jesus and increasingly my observations lead me to believe that Jesus’ followers have not represented Him well. Honestly, I can’t help but to notice that the Christianity I see in America has very little resemblance to what I read int he Bible.
Jesus said that people would know that we are His followers when they see our sacrificial love for one another and by our devoted obedience to Him (not necessarily by how well we sing or by what we
say when we are all dressed up and on our best behavior on Sunday morning). (read John 13:34-35, John 14:15, Matt 7:21-23)
The Bible teaches that every member of God’s church should actually be a friend of God and that every day each believer should encourage and teach and help the others to follow Jesus better (Read Heb. 3:13-14, Col. 3:16-17, Eph. 4:15-16, Acts 2:42-47).
Sadly, it looks to me like the modern “church” has become more about “services” and programs than a daily relationship-reality in Jesus. My family, together with several others, have been learning to know God better and learning to live out, in actuality, the teachings of Jesus. If you have been longing for more authenticity in Jesus, we would love the opportunity to hear your story.
Or perhaps you currently do not believe Jesus. Would you give Him a real chance? He is alive and He wants to reveal Himself to you. Look for Him– He longs to draw near to you. It’s true, even though His followers haven’t always done a good job of representing Him.
Whoever you are, if you’d like, you can reach me and other people trying to live for Jesus faithfully at http://www.JesusLivesNow.com.
-Jason (+Family) ”
If it is one thing I try to live out, it is to show sincere and passionate love for all people.
Take a look at this scripture:
1 John 4:20, Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
That scripture shows how seriously God takes us loving and caring (honestly) for one another.
Meditate on the book of 1 John. There is so much wisdom in that book.
Got any other scriptures about loving one another? Please share. Even if you have some other thoughts, I would love to hear them.
Be blessed, in Jesus’ name.
Love. Pray. Obey