Not love as the world defines it

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35.

As Americans, we are not very good at subtlety. We have cluttered every inch of visual space with advertising that we often don’t see important signs. Every ad needs to be bigger and flashier than all the others to be remembered. So, it’s no wonder that those who hold to the world’s values often don apparel to grab attention. Sadly, Christians think we need to compete with that.

When Elijah had hid himself from Jezebel who sought his life, God told him to come out of his cave as He was about to pass by. God was not in the strong wind, earthquake, or fire, we’re told, but in the low or gentle whisper—literally ‘thin silence.’

God is subtle, and so must be His followers. We will be known not by our impressive buildings or attire (earthly trappings are deceptive). Rather, all people will know that we are His disciples by our love for one another.

This is not love as the world defines it (we do not wage war as the world does). No, we adopt the subtle advertising of thin silence in a boisterous world and let God take care of all people knowing.

Do all people know that you’re God’s disciple by your love?

Doug Kashorek

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