How Do People See You?

Devotional THought of the day:The Good Shepherd, carrying His own.

34  I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. 35  It is by your love for one another, that everyone will recognise you as my disciples. John 13:34-35 (NJB)

95      Think what would happen if we Christians chose not to behave as such… and then rectify your behaviour.  (1)

As I read this verse this morning, and came across the words in my devotional book, the Forge, I couldn’t help but wonder if those who don’t know I am a believer in Christ, would recognize me as such.

It’s a sobering thought.

Note what is not said.

I am not recognised as a believer because of my expertise in theology.  (some might question that anyway)

I am not recognised as a believer because I have a “Rev.” in front of my name.

I am not recognised as a believer because I am a member of the best congregation in all of California.

I am not to be recognised as a believer because of anything I am, save that there is a miracle that has occured in my life.

I have been made able to love others, I have been given the desire to as well, even those I struggle to love.

It isn’t easy, it isn’t natural to me prior to Christ, and I struggle with it now.

But we are recognised as Christ’s brothers, sisters, friends, as children of God, simply because we can love one another.  Because that means we know He loves us.

We are encouraged to rectify our behavior, but that doesn’t come because we force our will to, our behavior changes as we think about Chirst, as we receive His love, as we let the Holy Spirit transform us as 2 Corinthians 3 discusses.

We don’t love because we are great people.  We love because we are loved.

So let God love you… really love you….

Then, humbly realise when people say somethings hanged, that it has happened because of God’s work.

Go in peace!  

Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 551-552). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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