Shalom. May God be present in all circumstance and attitudes and may His will be done and not our own. Christmas is less than a 100 days away, isn’t the year going fast!
In John 17, Jesus prayer was that we be one that the world may know He is real.
22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
This echoed his earlier comment in John 13 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
This love is a verb; it is defined and witnessed by our action and deed. It begs a response of tangible perception; it challenges us to do something to address their needs. If we love others, then we actually get involved and spend time together. It doesn’t mean we believe that they are perfect, but we see past their imperfections and love them anyway. This helps us be a little more perfect and when we are able to do this, to flesh this out, people see past us and see Jesus in us.
These are the good deeds that have been prepared in advance for each of us, done out of gratitude and thanks to Jesus for what He’s done.
How well are we displaying this?
Every hurtful comment made, every judgemental attitude, every negative response, every time we ignore a need when we feel the Holy Spirit prompting us, we deny this commandment, we thwart this prayer; that Jesus gave.
The more we do this, the colder and harder we become and the more we stop God’s freedom flowing in our life.
This doesn’t mean we’ll always get it right, after all we’re human. However if we’re consistently getting it wrong then it would seem to me that we have business to do with God.
But the more we listen to those promptings, the easier it becomes and the warmer and more sensitive we become and easier it is to discern the Spirits voice and God’s true freedom flow in our lives.