Day 5 - Love One Another

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR THE CHURCH?

John 13:35: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 15:9-16: “Greater love has no one that this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Life Magazine once depicted a very sad story in a series of pictures. The first picture was of a vast wheat field in Kansas.

The second picture was of a mother in distress inside her farmhouse in the middle of that wheat field. She had a small boy who had somehow wandered away from the house into that wheat field. She and her husband had searched all day long for that little boy.

The third photo depicted all the people who had heard of the little boy being lost. As night was beginning to fall, they searched frantically all over the wheat field with no success.

The fourth picture was of the following morning with the friends and family joining their hands forming a long line of humanity that swept from one end of that wheat field to the next.

The last picture was a heartbreaker; it was of the father standing over the lifeless body of his little son. The cold night had claimed its victim. Underneath the final picture of a weeping father were these words, “Oh, God, if we had only joined hands sooner.”

Jesus, in John’s Gospel, tells us that it is by our love for one another that the world will know we are his disciples. More than just a confessing love, Jesus calls us to the acts of unity and sacrifice for one another. This is how the world will know we are his disciples. May we be proactive in our love for one another – unifying and sacrificing – rather than joining hands too late.

REFLECTION:

  1. How can you lovingly pray for another congregation in your city?

  2. In what ways can your congregation proactively love another congregation in your city?

  3. What is a loving act among the Church of your city that would show your city you are Jesus’ disciples?

Bob Shepard Wenatchee, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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