John wrote, "Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." (1 John 3:18)
Alice C. Linsley
Recently my niece described one of her friends as "a person who loves well." She was speaking of a woman who is able to connect with people from many cultures and religions. That person doesn't see differences as a barrier, but rather as an invitation.
Jesus was such a person. He loved well, and more importantly, he was the embodiment of the kind of love that sinks into the heart of those around him. No wonder crowds followed him!
At times Christians come across as harsh and judgmental. We are too quick to assume that people we don't know are lost or unorthodox. We are too quick to argue rather than to listen and to ask non-confrontational questions. No wonder many want nothing to do with us.
Today an opportunity to love someone as Jesus loves them may present itself. Do not miss that opportunity because you have judged that person. Take down the barrier of judgment. Do not miss an opportunity because the person has hurt you. Set aside that injury. Do not miss an opportunity because you think that person annoying or ignorant, or because you hate their politics. Only a person who loves well can show people the true nature of Jesus Christ.
Today watch for your opportunity to love well.