That's Love.


"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

— John 13:35


People will often surprise you with their character. Sometimes it's a good surprise.

A few years ago, I heard a story about a guy who was walking by a church and decided to go in. He couldn’t find a seat so he went straight to the altar and sat down on the floor.

The pastor was in the middle of his sermon, so everyone noticed the man come in and sit on the floor. All eyes were on him.

I don't know about you, but I've seen this happen in church before. Usually, an usher will come up to the person and redirect him/her to a "proper" seat.

But not this time.

A few seconds after the man sat on the floor, one of the church leaders who was seated nearby rushed over to him. He introduced himself and sat down on the floor next to the man to make him feel more comfortable.

That's love.

During the winter a few years ago, a friend of mine was riding the subway and noticed a little boy without a jacket sitting with his younger brother. My friend started talking to the kids and asked why the little boy didn't have a jacket on.

The little boy said that his mom couldn't afford to buy him one. Without any hesitation, my friend took his jacket off and gave it to the boy.

That's love.

One day, I was determined to satisfy my random New York pretzel craving. I went to a pretzel stand, waited for my pretzel to be warmed up, and handed the man a $5 bill for my $2 pretzel.

And then I took a bite into heaven. I was smiling from ear to ear as I leaped across the street. I was in another universe.

As soon as I crossed the street, my universe was interrupted by the man at the pretzel stand calling me back over. Oh yeah, I forgot to get my change.

I went back.

The man started smiling as he went through his cashbox to get my change. As I was standing there waiting for him, I thought to myself, "This man didn't have to call me back over. He could've kept my money, but he was honest."

That's love.

Love is not self-seeking, and the man showed me that. I stopped him from giving me my change, said God bless you, and walked away.

"Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

— John 13:35

Jesus didn't tell us to love one another because it sounds cool. He told us to love one another because love reflects who he is.

When we show genuine love to others, they'll see the light of God shining through us.

Every day, even during a pandemic, you have the opportunity to show the love of God to those around you. Help someone in need. Send a word of encouragement to a friend. Ask someone how you can pray for him/her.

That's love.

When you demonstrate genuine love, they'll know who you are, a follower of Christ, by your love.

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- Mags