LGD 109: By Our Love

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Last week, we virtually built a house in Mexico with eight other churches to demonstrate our love for Christ.

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Photo by Dave Anthold (2019) – Chula Vista, CA

While on a walk on Saturday, I heard By Our Love from For King & Country, and I began to think do people know I am a believer if I don’t say a word?

Do people you encounter during the day know you are a follower of Christ if you never say a word?

Yikes, a little conviction coming my way.

Growing up, my parents used to tell me that actions speak louder than words. How loud are my actions to my friends, colleagues, and my so-called enemies?

Am I shouting words that are unChristian, or am I demonstrating love to the people I meet that would cause them to ask why I am doing something for them?

In Luke, we see Jesus say,

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.”

Luke 6:35a

What, you want me to love someone who disagrees with me politically? You want me to love someone who disregards safety procedures?

Jesus’ answer would be a resounding “YES”.

We can disagree with our friends, colleagues, neighbors, or even family, but we are still called to love them. We are called to do good to them.

This is counter to what society and the world tells us right now. We can’t possibly love someone who disagrees with me, yet this is exactly what God calls us to do.

I have been wrestling with this for a couple of days, and I am still struggling with this, but if someone I disagreed with me needed a cup of cold water or a hug, I should be the first person to give it to them.

Why?

Because they will know I am a follower of Christ by my love. We need to love those we agree and disagree with because we can’t possibly lead them to Christ if we do not first love them.

Jesus did, and we should be like Jesus.

I encourage you to wrestle with this thought today and ask God to show you how you can love those you don’t see eye to eye with.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for challenging us to love when it hurts, and to point people to You. Help my actions of love to be louder than my words today. Bless the day that is before us. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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