You know the song.
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord;
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored;
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love.
They will know we are Christians by our love.
It was written by Peter Scholtes, a Catholic priest. It conveys the sweet side, the swaying, hand-holding side of the decade in which it was written-the 1960's. It also points to something that Jesus clearly, repeatedly proclaimed: To be his disciple is to be identified not by words, or doctrines, or moral purity, but by the love you show to your neighbor.
This week I am finishing up a sermon series that has focused (for ten weeks) on various commands that Jesus gave to the disciples. We have made our way through: Knock, Wash, Thank, Spit, Share, Fear (not), Feast, Visit, and Raise.
Week #10 is... Love.
It is probably the most important, most distinctive, most life-changing thing that Jesus asked his disciples to do. It is also the most difficult one to describe. It is a force that changes the course of many a life, and yet it is ephemeral.
Even our best poets struggle to describe it.
But, I am not looking for poetry... I am looking for "testimony." What does Christian love look like? Seen it recently? Seen it ever?
Please share. Be bold. Take a shot at describing this virtue of virtues...
I am eager to hear what you have to say.
[Taken with permission from Dr. Scott Black Johnston's blog, "Sharp About Your Prayers," Nov. 15, 2010.]