Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 Chronicles 19-20; John 13:21-38
31 When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Human One[a] has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify the Human One in himself and will glorify him immediately. 33 Little children, I’m with you for a little while longer. You will look for me—but, just as I told the Jewish leaders, I also tell you now—‘Where I’m going, you can’t come.’
34 “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” (John 13:31-35, Common English Bible)
Many years ago I knew a lady named Helen. Helen was an extraordinary artist and one of the best people I have ever known. She was such a nice person she offered to give me painting lessons. She was nice enough to tell me it was good (I know better). She also traded me one of her oils for mine. I think she just didn’t want anyone else to see it. Helen was an oil painter. She painted the most beautiful bluebonnet landscapes I have ever seen. At the time I knew her she lived in East Texas. I looked her up online. I was hoping I could find an obituary. I didn’t, I did better than that. At least as of a year ago, she was still alive, living in Colorado, and had just turned 100 years old (did I mention I hadn’t seen or talked to Helen in some 25 years?). According to the the article I read, she is doing great.
I actually do tell you about Helen for a reason. Helen is one of the finest Christians I have ever known. She is very faithful and very devout. I once heard someone say of her, “If she started praying for me to die, I better go get my affairs in order.” When she heard the person had said that, her feelings were really hurt. The person didn’t intend to hurt her feelings but instead, was just making a point about how devout and faithful everyone knew Helen to be.
Helen loved everyone. And, it wasn’t one of those, I love you because I have to kind of relationships. Helen would say it because Helen meant it. Not only did Helen mean it, you knew Helen meant it.
Today’s lesson reminds us to be like Helen. To be fair, Helen would really disagree with me. She would say we should be like Jesus. Of course, as I learned, when it came to matters of faith, Helen was right far more often than wrong.
Jesus said to the disciples, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”
My experience with Helen is, when you saw her, you saw love. You saw someone who lived out her faith. You saw someone who did just what she was supposed to do, love God and love neighbor. She lived and loved the song, “And They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love.”
May it be that way for each of us.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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