May 19, 2019

“By This Everyone Will Know”

This week I heard of  a church that put up a banner outside saying, “We Love Our Muslim Neighbors.” That’s a very Christian sentiment, but that’s not the love in this morning’s text. I mean, sometimes it’s easier to love the Muslim in Iraq whom we don’t know than it is to love the disagreeable fellow Christian who sits next to us in church, right?  How much easier for us if Jesus had simply said, “Love as much as you can within your natural limitations.” No, to be a disciple of Jesus means to practice self-sacrificing love, not because it pleases us — it often doesn’t — but because it pleases the one who commands us to love.