Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.” vs. 11 John 5:1-4a
Anyone who has been a part of an authentic Christian community will be able to testify to the awesome mutual love that has marked their life together. Of course there are the usual spats and disputes as the group deals with practices and rituals, but when the rubber hits the road, love blossoms and flourishes. Brothers and sisters in Christ will serve and minister to each other in magnificent style. Prayers are said, hands held, tears wiped away, bellies fed, rides given, hugs shared, stories listened to, and menial chores done. It truly is a sight to behold, and to be the recipient of such love can change our lives forever. That’s the way it’s been from the beginning, as testified to in the book of Acts, as outsiders said, “See how much they love one another.” Of course Christians aren’t the only folks who love in this world. Members of other faith communities are bound together by love in the same fashion. And that’s as it should be! After all God’s love extends to all people. We’re fools to think that Christians are the only ones who experience it. So instead of wasting time criticizing others, followers of Christ will focus on the love which binds them together, and continue to practice loving in all that they do. Such is our purest calling!
Thought for the Day: How have I been loved by my community?