BY LARRY NAULT, BKC President and Chief Strategist
The distinguishing mark of a Christian or a Kingdom Company is not a cross, a crucifix, a dove, or a fish on a bumper sticker. The sign is LOVE.
How many people know you’re a follower of Christ because of your loving lifestyle? We sing about love, talk about love, pray about love, and study love.
But do we do it?
When asked, which law is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied:
(Matthew 22:37-40) “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” NIV
To develop love as your life principle and make it your greatest aim, you have to take some action as soon as you finish reading this post. You’re going to have to take the initiative. LOVE ACTS!
First, begin by examining how you are treating those closest to you: your employees, customers and suppliers; your kids, spouse, parents, friends and everyone you come in contact with. They are our neighbor and they are all children of God (see illustration below - Relational).
Second, start acting lovingly in these relationships. If you have acted unloving toward someone, maybe it’s time to seek reconciliation (see illustration above - Relational).
Then, start increasing the number of relationships you have. If the most important aim in life is to love, we need to build as many relationships as possible. Why? Because the world will know about God’s love by the way we love each other—and especially by the way they are loved by Christians.
(John 13:35) Jesus said “Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” NIV
You cannot live a loving lifestyle as a hermit. You spell love T-I-M-E.
It takes time to love other people. If you love your friends, you’ve got to spend time with them. If you love your kids, you’ve got to spend time with them. If you love Jesus, you’ve got to spend time with him.
Love always costs time and energy. But it’s always worth it.
Can you imagine what would happen if everyone in the church loved like this—if we all committed ourselves to acting in love and giving our time unselfishly so that people could experience a taste of how much God loves them?
It would change the world. It would grow God’s Kingdom. It would make God so happy.
People are attracted to Christ more than they are persuaded to him. They’re attracted by the love of God shown through the people who claim to follow him. And they won’t care what we know until they first know that we care.
What might be keeping you from developing and deepening more relationships?
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A special thanks to our friend Pastor Rick Warren for his insights on today's topic.
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