PASTORAL CARE MESSAGE FROM GWEN HASLING, CONSTITUENT MINISTER
They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love
The Bible teaches us, others will know whether our Christianity is genuine by whether our love for each other is real. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 3:34-35)
If someone was to observe your daily interactions with others, would they know you are a Christian? Do your daily interactions with others reflect love? I can tell you, my actions don’t always reflect Christian love. I continually work on my actions being reflective of being a Christian……all the time.
Just as throwing a rock into a body of water changes the flow of the water; kind words have the ability to change a person. The same is true of unkind or harsh words.
How we react to people throughout our day has the power to lift someone up and demonstrate love. We all lead busy lives and at times become frustrated when are forced to slow down…… the cashier is slow, the waitress is grouchy, someone misses a deadline or doesn’t get you the information immediately, the cleaners doesn’t have your laundry ready by the designated time, etc…. How do you react in these situations? Even though frustrated, do you demonstrate love? kindness? An act of love/ kindness could be what the person in your encounter needs that day at that time. Reacting with a smile, patience, or even kind words really doesn’t take any extra time and you will likely never know how your act of love changed that person’s day.
In the words of the song, “They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love” may we all be a living testimony of God’s love and kindness:
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
And we'll guard each one's dignity and save each one's pride
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love
Bessie Senette, Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rogue Chaplain.