If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even those who do not believe love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even those who do not believe do that.
~ Luke 6: 32, 33
The headlines recently have gotten my attention, especially when there is talk of war, disputes and just general disagreements.
When we think about the life that Christ lived, we quickly realize that Jesus' whole life was about being a witness to God's love. Jesus then calls others to carry on that witness in Jesus' name. We are the living embodiment of Christ, are sent into the world to be the bearers, or the signs, of that unconditional love. Something that can be difficult, especially when the world is so full of turmoil.
Additionally, we can be, and often are, judged by what we way, but also by what we live. When people are given the opportunity to see us living out our faith, they are actually catching a glimpse of what the Kingdom of God looks like. It gives them insight to what loving one another looks like, and how it being given life, helps the lives of those around each of us.
In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams
In Your mercy Lord, hear our prayers for peace and unconditional love. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.