Love in Practice
The early Christian church began to put love into practice. The apostle Paul stated there’s no longer division between categories - racial, gender, or socioeconomic status – you are all heirs of the promise (Gal. 3.27-29). What began with Jesus’ birth and life, was finalized into a new paradigm with Jesus' death and resurrection. He instituted a renewal. No longer was there division from God and one another. Now there was redemption and reconciliation. He was bringing all things together, to himself. He redeemed not just those viewed as needing redemption, but also those who thought they already had it!
The Christian church now can most effectively put love into practice. Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection paved the way towards a new interaction with the world. Ours is the extraordinary occupation to be part of setting broken things right; the redeemed proclaiming redemption. This is the cornerstone of Jesus’ message. This is the heart of the gospel message; to love God, and to love one’s neighbor as one’s self (Matt. 22.37-39) – the neighbor being anyone who crosses your path (Luke 10.25-37). In freely receiving acceptance from Jesus’ sacrifice, the church is primed to erase divisions between races, genders, statuses and abilities. The church is ripe with encouragement and examples for oneness and love without discrimination and bias.
The church takes the unifying love of our Lord, and spreads it around the world. Those of us who have experienced his love are putting that love into practice. We are taking his love and passing a bit along to those we meet. Yes we will falter, yes, we will even fail. And yes, we will rise again, to reach for love, to receive it, and to share it. Those of us who are in the process of redemption are also spreading hope of redemption. Those who’ve felt the kiss of love, enable that love to flow through us into our neighbor.
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