I’ve been going through some of our music books lately, and I came across the song, “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love”.  That started me thinking about what that love would look like.  What form would it take?  And so I came up with the following:

1. Christians would show love and respect for each other.  They wouldn’t belittle someone or spread harmful gossip.  They would be kind to one another – “slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”  (Exodus 34:6)

2. Christians would take time to listen, without interrupting and jumping to conclusions.  They would try to understand the other person’s point of view, and even if they didn’t agree with it, they would respect the other person’s right to express their opinion.

3. Christians would be encouragers just as Christ encourages us.  They would not put obstacles in your way, or put down your hopes and aspirations.  If you were feeling down, they would try to lift you up, both in prayer and in action.  Christians would share the good news that God loves absolutely everybody and He is always there for them.

4. Christians would take action.  They wouldn’t just sit around talking about what they should do.  They would look for ways to be of service and then take action.  “Faith by itself, if it not accompanied by action, is dead.”  (James2:17)

5. Christians would be joyful.  They wouldn’t sit around with long faces because they would have so much to smile about.  Christ died on the cross so that our sins would be forgiven and through him we have eternal life.  Who wouldn’t be happy about that?  When we mess up, we know that God will forgive us and give us another chance.  In fact, he’ll give us as many chances as we need!  Who wouldn’t be joyful about that?

6. Christians would be grateful, thanking God and others for the many blessings that they receive, both big and small.  In other words, they would have an attitude of  gratitude, remembering that “every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father…”  (James 1:17)

As Christians, I believe that these six principles are goals we should strive for, so that the people we meet will see Christ in us.  Will we always do these things?  Of course not!  We’re only human!  But tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to show the face of Christ to those we meet.  Shalom.