And how do they know? How do they know we're Christians?
Do they know it by how we look?
By the clothes that we wear?
Or do they know it by our love?
And the way that we care?
The love for our sisters and brothers?
But what about everyone else?
What about all the "others"?
What about the wife beater?
And the husband cheater?
What about the unmarried girl, pregnant and alone?
Who are we to judge?
Can we pick up the first stone?
They're all broken people!
But are we to good for them to come under our steeple?
Love is not telling them that what they're doing is okay.
Don't get me wrong, that's not what I'm trying to say.
Hate the sin, but love the sinner!
Show them Jesus and teach them to live better!
But you know what? Too often we get so focused on loving the "others"
That somehow, we forget about loving our brothers.
These people who are broken, are watching us to see
How I treat you and how you treat me.
How can we say that we love those people out there,
When we don't take time to show the struggling one among us that we love, that we care?
Why do we get worked up about such petty little things?
When we do that, are we truly fixed on Jesus and the hope that He brings?
And why do we let differences in our relationships get in the way?
Does it really matter, since Jesus could come any day?
Someone please tell me why we say such hurtful things!
Why are we so insensitive to the pain that our words can bring?
Love, love, love. We fail at it so often.
Yet maybe there's still time for Christ to cause our hearts to soften.
Our heart's cry should be that His love will flow in us and through us,
So that when people see our love, they'll know we've been with Jesus.
John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.