Saturday, July 20, 2013

Be the Church (Love) - III

We have seen how love demonstrates that a person follows Jesus, that a person belongs to the family of God, and that God is walking with that person in relationship, in transformation.

There is a list in the Bible of the traits of love. Traits that should answer the question: "what should love look like?"

I have looked at the list in the past. Mostly, I have wanted to define them, or to describe what they should look like. The last couple of days, I have been wondering what is about these traits that cause a person (or a group of people) to stand out in a positive way.

Obviously, a group of people displaying the same behavior together, good or bad, draws attention to the group and what they stand for. Jesus was one person. And he lived his life in love. And since he was perfect, he exhibited perfect love. So he exhibited these traits perfectly. And people noticed. We are not perfect, so we need God's family. We are God's representatives, so getting people's attention to his message (and their understanding, and their obedience) is our job. Our primary tool to that end is loving people like Jesus loved.

NOTE: Obviously, I did not take time here to describe any of these traits and how they might draw attention positively to Jesus. I wouldn't be surprised if several posts are dedicated to that purpose. I will still be thinking about them for the next couple days.

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