"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." ~ Deuteronomy14:2

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: March 26

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." ~ John 13:35
Jesus didn't specify a long list of "things" we are to believe in order for the world to know that we are His followers. He didn't command that we believe much about Him at all! He wanted us to believe Him and to love one another. He knew these two things to go together, like His love and His light. We write long articles and open our prayers a certain way, and shout that we are Christians because we believe this and this and this; and if people don't agree with us at once, our tempers flare and we climb higher on our spiritual pedestals and shout more loudly all the way "down" to where those who don't agree are still wondering about the heart that broke on Calvary as they wander around outside in the darkness without Him! They "wonder" what it has done for our spirits and our hearts and when they don't see any family resemblance in us to the Saviour we shout about, they continue to "wander" in the same darkness outside without Him. And His heart continues to break with longing for them whom He loves so much. And whom He wants for his own. Jesus didn't say we had to "fight the good fight" for Him so that people will know that we are His disciples. He said: "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if we have love one to another." He didn't tell us to write articles tearing the reputations of those with whom we disagree. He commanded that we love one another in the same way that He loves us. He will give us discernment because He is light, but we are to let our points of agreement get our attention, not our points of differences.
"If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."

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