Friday, August 18, 2006

Loving One Another

Henri Nouwen wrote the following, which touches me very much:

Jesus' whole life was a witness to his Father's love, and Jesus calls his followers to carry on that witness in his Name. We, as followers of Jesus, are sent into this world to be visible signs of God's unconditional love. Thus we are not first of all judged by what we say but by what we live. When people say of us: "See how they love one another," they catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God that Jesus announced and are drawn to it as by a magnet.

If we want to visualize a ‘typical’ contemporary Christian, we should think of a woman living in a village in Nigeria or in a Brazilian favela” As of 2000, only 39% of the world’s one and a half billion Christians live in the industrialized West. By 2025, fully 70% of Christians will live in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania. (Cited by Ian Douglas, “Globalization and the Local Church”, in Stackhouse, p.203).

Father God, may Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen!


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Good point. However, we do need to be careful about downplaying the importance of 'what we say.'

Jesus is the Word of God.

Let us not put such emaphsis on actions that we forget the importance of words.

Every Blessing in Christ


Kitty Cheng said...

Mattthew, that's so true! Words and deeds are both important.

audrey` said...

Isn't this scary?
Our friends who are non-believers are observing us very intensely in our regular contacts with them. Be it in our actions or words.
May we don't stumble any of them.

Kitty Cheng said...

Audrey, it's so true that the messengers (us)are the message to many of our not yet Christian friends. We surely need to abide in Christ always so they can see Him in us!