Known for Love: John 15:12

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Last week was my first Spring Break as a college student. I had the chance to go home for a week and now I’m making this weeks post from a plane on the way to Colorado. The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to have an incredible break with loved ones. While I was home, I got to attend my high school youth group for the first time since Christmas break. I have an incredible, incredible church at home. I’m constantly inspired by everyone’s love for the Lord and how they pursue Christ in every action and walk of life.

Without explicit proclamation of one’s faith, how do people know you’re a Christian? The topic of the talk was what Christians are supposed to be known for. We addressed the fact that a lot of people think of Christians as close-minded, judgmental, and hypocritical. 

This weighed heavy on my heart. It’s been weighing heavy on me that although my heart has been changed for Christ, my actions don’t frequently speak to that change. I still have the tendency to be judgmental and rude and really mean sometimes honestly. This isn’t how we, as Christians, are supposed to be viewed. There is a light that shines within us when our hearts are changed for the Lord and that light is supposed to shine for all to see. 

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. 1 John 4:20

As Christians, we are called to be known for our love. We are called to love the Lord above all and next, to love others like Jesus has loved us, despite imperfections and shortcomings. We are supposed to love others with all that we have. We are called to have servants’ hearts before others and before Christ. The kind and gentle and giving spirit that the Holy Spirit has installed within is what we’re supposed to be known for. People like Mother Theresa and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., both Christians, are known for their love. They’re known for helping and giving and aiding. That’s how Christians are supposed to be viewed.

My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. John 15:12

I want there to be a light in me that people see. I want people to wonder why I’m so joyful even in bad times, why I love people my enemies and those who treat me badly, why I am so interested in supporting and loving people, in giving and serving. And through my actions, I want to reflect the unfailing love that the Lord has given us, the forgiveness that we’ve been granted even when begin so undeserving. 

Let you light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

I pray that the Lord guides me. For everything that isn’t possible for me alone is possible for me with God (Luke 18:27). The Lord is working to change my heart as I speak, and I know that by giving myself up to Him in all that I do, He will guide my steps (Proverbs 16:9). I pray that I will help to glorify His holy name through my actions, my love, and my kindness. By making small changes in my attitude, I can already feel my heart growing for others, and I thank the Lord for all that he’s doing to change my heart for Him. 

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

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