Radical, creative love

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John 13 talks about how Jesus washed the disciples' feet. The debate of whether or not foot-washing should be an ordinance is not very important to me (I don't believe it is). What astounds me is the new love that Jesus was showing. He radically, shockingly loved people. He lowered Himself to the place of a servant and blew people away with the depth and selflessness of his love.

We Christians need to get creative with our love. We need to be consistent with what we claim to believe and allow ourselves to be wronged without seeking vengeance, to lead the way in loving people and helping those who have no options. How else will they see Christ if we do not show them Him love? How will they hear about it? Preaching?

Romans 10:12-15
"For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile- the same Lord is Lord for all and richly blesses all who call on him, for 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"

So simple preaching is enough, right? That is all we need to do?

1 Corinthians 13:1
"If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal."

How many Christians are nothing but noise? How many of us do all the "right things" but do not have love? I would say that maybe we should get creative and radical with our love. Shock someone with it. Show Christ to people, not by simple words alone, but by acts of love.

This is where I am currently being challenged. I want to find the hurting and the broken and show them that there is a love that goes beyond socioeconomic, racial, and nationalistic boundaries. This is the heart God is building in me; the "how" is, for me, that hard part.

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