Showing Our Love

Finally, be all like-minded, compassionate, loving as brothers, tenderhearted, courteous, not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but instead blessing; knowing that to this were you called, that you may inherit a blessing. For,
“He who would love life,
And see good days,
Let him keep his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
Let him turn away from evil, and do good.
Let him seek peace, and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And his ears open to their prayer;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Now who is he who will harm you, if you become imitators of that which is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “Don’t fear what they fear, neither be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear: having a good conscience; that, while you are spoken against as evildoers, they may be disappointed who curse your good manner of life in Christ.
-1 Peter 3:8-16

After reading through comments posted by Christians on an Internet forum recently, I thought about those whose remarks condemned a popular television preacher and author. Although I understand the concerns they raised regarding the message this man preaches, I do not understand the attitudes of the people who vilified him.

How many times have we heard or read of Christians fighting among themselves, even to the point of splitting congregations over trivial matters? With behavior like that, should we wonder why more unbelievers do not ask us about the reason for the hope we have? Why should they ask? We do not seem to behave any differently that the rest of mankind.

Jesus calls us to love each other, not fight. It is as we demonstrate our love for each other that those around us will see that we have something different. Then, they will have a reason to ask why we do what we do, and why we seem to be full of hope and joy when all around us is tragedy, despair, and hopelessness.

Help us this day, Father, to let the love of Jesus shine through us as a beacon of hope in this hope-less world. Help us to encourage and love one another, building up the body of Christ instead of tearing it apart. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Closing Thought
You may be the only Bible some people will ever read. Will they read about God’s love for mankind or Satan’s evil desires?

Copyright © 2006, Star M. Ferdinand. All Rights Reserved.

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