Love by Heart
Thirty years ago, I heard the LORD call me saying, "Teach my people love." It has been and continues to be an adventurous journey. This devotional is a collection of lessons I'm learning along the way.
Remember People, Jesus Loves You
Each day precisely two stops before she gets off the public bus, she stands up and says, â€śRemember people, Jesus loves you. May the love of Jesus shine in your hearts and in your lives today.â€ť The deep silence of a collective inward groan of the other passengers is palpable. Even I who call myself a Christian sigh. Is she a mentally ill person that forgot to take her anti-psychotic drugs, Iâ€™ve heard myself ask, or just eccentric? Sheâ€™s a crazy old lady, Iâ€™ve thought. In the middle of my ruminating about the interruption of my complacency, she stands up again. The bus has reached her destination, but before she exits, she makes one last passionate proclamation. â€śRemember people,â€ť she says, â€śThe victory does not lie in nations or people or even your family. Itâ€™s in Christ Jesus.â€ť
Then it hit me one day. As often as Iâ€™d heard her say those things, it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe sheâ€™s walking in the boldness Iâ€™ve prayed for. Maybe sheâ€™s responding to the admonition of Jude to snatch some from the fire. Maybe, just maybe sheâ€™s the one Iâ€™ve prayed for God to send to provoke me to love and good works.
The next time she stands up, I hope I have the courage to say, â€śThank you, Sister, for being an example of His love.â€ť
Remember people; she could be an angel unaware.
Are you an example to the believer concerning the practice of love?