Living Out Love

Sun, Nov 07, 2021
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. - Hebrews 13:1-2 (ESV) How would you describe a Christian? What are their defining characteristics? How would people outside the faith identify them? You might say a Christian is defined by what they believe. You might think that Christians are set apart because of their moral imperatives. Others might describe Christians by how they live in the world or how they vote. Still others define Christians by the person they follow and try to model. All of these have a place. And all of them might shape the picture of Christians in a particular time and place. But Jesus says Christians will stand out for something different - how they love each other and the world around them. Listen to his words in John 13. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-45) What does this love look like? How does it act? Who should receive this love? This week as we head toward the end of our look into the book of Hebrews we will see the shape of this love. The writer wants his recipients to be shaped by this love, not only in word but in action. Take a few minutes and read Hebrews 13 to prepare your heart and mind. Who is he calling you to love?
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