17 These things I command you, that you love one another. 18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
Abiding in the Vine, receiving its’ energy for life, enables us to love like no others. The energy of Jesus Christ flowing through us enables us to love people with His love. This morning, in France, a refuge center, called the Jungle, which houses over 8,000 people, is being cleared out. I wish I lived in France and could somehow minister Christ to these frustrated people who for safety reasons have, with their families, fled their home countries. The love of Christ in us should see hurting people and cry out for them.
Are we loving when we tell people that we hope they do well? Jesus said that we are loving when we give to meet their needs. Whom have you loved recently? Whom have you given to so that their need could be met? Loving people with Christ’s love is expensive. We can be called upon to give money or time in the action of love.
Oddly enough, the world will hate us when we show love. That is OK, they hated Jesus too. Show love anyway. Our world is filled with prejudice that says certain people deserve their condition. When we reach across those lines to show love some think us foolish. Show love anyway. Jesus did.
We had a great start to our revival week. You don’t want to miss even one night! Join us in the revival marathon and let’s finish it together, rejoicing in all that God has done for us and through us. Be sure to invite a friend to come with you. On Tuesday night our teens will be presenting two songs and leading us in worship of our Savior.
Remember that the revival restaurant opens at 6:00 each evening. Tonight’s menu is chicken and dumplings. See you there.
Have a great day in the Lord,