No More Junk Mail:
“Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.” (1 John 3:18).
I remember seeing something really odd when I was driving through the streets of Surrey one day many years ago. There was a semi-truck in front of me, and the logo on the back was an orange rectangle with the word YELLOW in the middle of it. Orange yellow? That didn’t make sense to me. It was an oxymoron. Do you know what an oxymoron is? They are two words that contradict each other. For example: Baby Grand, black light, deafening silence, silent scream, living dead, clearly misunderstood, pretty ugly, icy hot, same difference, jumbo shrimp.
Here’s another one for you: Unloving Christian. That’s an oxymoron. There’s no such thing as an unloving Christian. At least, there’s not supposed to be. The Bible has a lot to say about the importance of love in a Christian’s life, “If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another Christian is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters…Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God – for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.” (1 John 3:14-16; 4:7-12).
The Bible makes it pretty clear that love is a must in the lives of Christians. Jesus Himself said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35). Are you beginning to see the importance of walking in love here? Let me illustrate this point with one other Scripture…
“You yourselves are the letter we have, written on our hearts for everyone to know and read. It is clear that Christ himself wrote this letter and sent it by us. It is written, not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, and not on stone tablets but on human hearts.” (2 Corinthians 3:2-3).
The Bible says that our lives are like letters, seen and read by other people. When we live lives of love, our lives are LOVE letters. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy receiving love letters. I still have most of the love letters and cards that my wife Liza has given to me over the years. Why? Because they tell me how much she loves me. As Christians, if we don’t walk in love, then our lives are like junk mail. What does that mean? Well, when most people get junk mail, they throw it out before they even read it. I know I do. As Christians, if we’re not walking in love, then when we try to talk to people about Jesus, they won’t want to listen to what we have to say. Don’t let your lives be junk mail – let your lives be living letters of love – GOD’S LOVE.
Pastor Chris Jordan