“By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
The Love Boat
The Love Boat was a TV show in the late 70’s and 80’s. (Sorry that you’ll now be humming the theme song the rest of the day). The plot always revolved around the crew’s ability to help couples and friends find love for each other once again.
In much the same way, Jesus said the Church should be a “love boat;” a place where relationship is built and not torn down.
When Jesus came Earth as a baby, He showed God’s love for us. He was being the humble initiator to restore our broken relationship with Him. His act of moving toward us was the model He would then ask us to follow with each other. He would go so far to say that our ability to be relationship builders within the church would determine everyone else’s ability to understand His act of love for all.
Relationships are difficult because people are imperfect.
It’s hard to love imperfect people! However, taking Jesus as our example, let’s examine our hearts towards others today; especially others in the Church.
Ask yourself, “If my interactions and thoughts about others were put on international news tonight, would the world see a person of love and good will?” Receive God’s love for you personally today. Ask God to help you be a relationship builder toward others.
By Van Vandegriff, Family Pastor