"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially
to those who belong to the family of believers." (Gal. 6:10)
Jesus said that people would know we are his followers by the way we love
one another. This is especially true for how we treat other believers.
See, most people do not expect love and kindness towards enemies. But
imagine their surprise to see us disrespect and hurt one another. While we
are called to be like Christ to all people, if we fail to love those who
share our faith, then we've truly failed indeed.
Jesus says our love is intended to change nonbelievers' view of what it
means to follow Jesus. When they see love and compassion instead of hatred,
Jesus says it has the potential to change people. Too often the world sees
people who claim to be Christians arguing, fighting, judging, condemning,
and tearing down people within their own church, denomination, or religion.
I wonder if God grieves when our behavior creates an offensive and
inaccurate impression of what it means to follow him.
Many hear about the love of Jesus. But today, let them see it. You can
influence how others see Christ by the way you treat other Christians. Let
your actions speak loud. Let the people around you see the love of Jesus in
all that you do.
Notes from the Staff @The Woods