“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
O Lord, today I’m impressed to pray for Your church. Thank You for the ways that we demonstrate to the world that we are Your disciples through loving each other. Thank You for countless acts of kindness, for millions of prayers, for open homes and open arms.
But, dear Lord, we fall short of the standard You have set for us. So often we do not love one another as we should. We let all sorts of things get in the way of love, some important, most trivial. We often value being right over showing love. Being right matters, but You did not say that the world would know we are Your disciples if we have good theology. Rather, You said our love for each other would bear witness to our relationship with You. So forgive us, Lord, for all the times we fail to love each other. Help us to be faithful in loving one another so that the world might see You in us. Amen.
Questions for Reflection
Whom does the Lord want you to love today?
Love in Action
My friend Tim Avazian, associate pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church, hanging out with some kids in Swaziland. They’re wearing hats made by some of the women in the church . . . a tangible way to show the love of Christ to others.