Go in Love…Go With Love…Go Because of Love
“By this all men will know that you are My Disciples,
If you have love for one another.” – John 13:35
Claudia Mair Burney wrote this in a note that made it o the back of Brennan Manning’s book, “The Furious Longing of God.” It was presented as an afterword, pulled from a post she originally wrote December 1st, 2008, the first week of advent. I must say it fit beautifully at the the end of Manning’s book.
I love simple statements. I love simple questions that challenge. I love how Jesus was the master of both. This charge for love is a simple one. In fact you would think if all the followers took this seriously, then it would be even easier to love each other! Unfortunately, the people who call themsleves followers of Christ have been the hardest ones to love. I’m not talking about Sunday morning, “put on a smile” love. I’m talking about “roll-up your sleeves” real love that Jesus called us to.
Claudia’s charge is simple. Approaching love for each other with these 3 ideas edifies what John captured in his gospel. Unfortunately, I fail on these fronts quite often. I wish I had some trick or advice to make this work everyday, but I don’t.
I choose to embrace the 3rd point, go because of love. That love set me free. That love shaped me. I pray God gives me mercy, grace and strength to “go because of love,’ while filling me with that love. Then the world will know God, and I will know Him more.
Breathe In & Smile Out,