"Changing Lives by the Power of Christ"

Love One Another

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Do you listen to podcasts? I do. All the time. One of my favorite podcasts has a couple of Princeton-trained Christian men who talk about culture as it measures up to the Bible.

Their talks have been so eye-opening for me. I never thought about how our culture thrives on evil. Things that are so contrary to the Gospel of Christ.

How often on the news do you hear about love ove for other humans? (Romans 12:10)

Deb Ezell talks about God’s desire for fellowship with His creation. It started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But then sin entered the garden, and the first couple was cast out of the place. That’s so sad to me.

Life was perfect, but then sin entered and messed up everything!

Like Deb said, “God—as He reveals Himself to us—is pure goodness and pure love. His presence cannot tolerate sin.”

God didn’t desert us, though! He found ways to reveal Himself to us, because He wanted that relationship. He loves us so very much and wants us to love each other.

Jesus came into the world to save us from sin. He didn’t come to make everything perfect while we’re down here (as my podcasters noted.) If he had, we’d have no sadness, sickness, death. No cultural clashes. No wars. There would be no hunger, no violence—no thorns in this life.

Instead, Jesus left us with a command to love one another (John 13:34.) He wants us to treat each other as humans…As “God’s Image-Bearers,” like my podcasters call us.

Sometimes it gets frustrating when we can’t change our culture. We can feel so small against the Goliaths of our world.

But let me challenge you with this…Let’s try to make a difference anyway, not matter how small we feel (Ephesians 3:30.) God is so much bigger than us.

He can use our little loaves and fish (Mark 6:33-44) to His glory. And if we’re And if we’re treating each other like we’d treat Jesus…our small offerings of love and kindness are more than okay.

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“If a man says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar, for if he who doesn’t love his brother who he has seen, how can he love God, Whom he hasn’t seen (I John 4:20)

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