May 4, 2020
By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
If any good thing is coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic, one is surely how many people have been pressed out of normal routines to “love one another” in practical ways. Many (Christian or not) are finding themselves helping others in need, providing food for those without, donating money, finding supplies, even just bringing comfort.
Yesterday’s sermon at Grace examined real love vs. counterfeit love, and how love that is passive, love that is without action is like fool’s gold. It shines excitedly like gold on the surface, it sounds great to talk about, but if it’s not backed up by action then in the end it has no value. It is counterfeit.
Tough times can be good times if they challenge us out of our passive love. What actions might God be calling you to, or gently nudging you about? If we are to “walk in the same way” Jesus walked, we need to come to grips with the way he walked. Jesus loved his enemies so much he allowed them to brutally execute him. His love took him all the way to the cross.
How far are we willing to go?