~Do They Know Us By Our Love?~

 

  Love All, Trust a Few, Do Wrong to None.

~William Shakespeare~

William Shakespeare

 

While contemplating this admonition to live well among men I realised…. Jesus lived this.

 He lived this principle daily while He walked this earth, and He told us they would know us by our love for one another.

I wonder… Do they?

Or does the world look at us (Christians) and see what I see?

I see petty arguments over which baptism procedure is the one that really “works”.

I see arguments over communion, when Jesus said “Do this in remembrance of Me” and that is all He requires. Nothing more.

I see denominational lines drawn in the sand.

This is what Jesus said: “Pick up your cross and follow me.” “Lay down your life and you will gain it.”

I hear rules and regulations.

•”It’s okay to wear makeup.” “No it’s not.”

•”It’s alright to dance.”  “No it’s not.”

Really?

This is what he wanted us to spend [waste] our time doing?

While a world spins out of control….

While children live in group homes instead of yours and mine…

{It still upsets me that Michelle Obama wants to make them thin while ignoring the fact that so many are being molested and beaten behind closed doors.  Umm,  Mrs. Obama?  Excuse me, ma’am, but are you going to stand in front of a school assembly and encourage [lecture] children on improving their weight and then send them home to a hellish existence?  You are the wife of the President, and you’ve been given the opportunity to help America’s children. You were able to pick anything you wanted, and you chose weight gain.  You will pardon me if I don’t applaud.}

Yet while I criticize the President’s wife for her (in)actions, I look in the mirror and see the same ineffectiveness.  

We (Christians) point fingers at one another from different sides of the room and argue over whether or not Jesus meant something “Literally” or not.

In the meantime, men and women of this nation are unemployed and cold and hungry.

~Why?~

Because we are too stubborn to just bow our knees before Him – too stubborn to live for Him, walking with Him – our hearts within us unwilling to simply submit to Him.

And He looks down from heaven and weeps.

 

I admonish myself as I implore you, my brethren…

Let us love one another well, and reach out to those in need, while we set our petty differences aside.

Jesus said they would know us by our love for one another, and I want to know… Do they?

When will the answer be “Yes”? 

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