When we look at the New Testament, we see that the believers in the early church loved each other well. They met together regularly and cared for each other. They pooled their resources to help those in need. They loved in the way that Jesus loved.
In the book of Acts, we read that “all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2:44-47).
The picture painted by this passage is one of love, harmony, and unity. The people reached out in love to those in need, worshipped together, and had favor with all the people. In addition, God was adding new believers to their number daily. What a wonderful situation!
My husband and I are part of a new church plant which is seeking to reach out with the love of Christ to our community. Within our community, we also have a university where we are seeking to minister as well. Our desire is to see our church family love the people within our local body of Christ, but also to love the people in our community and around the world.
With that thought in mind, I witnessed several beautiful examples of loving like Jesus this week within our local church.
I looked at pictures on social media of our children’s minister who is currently serving on a mission trip to Honduras. The joyful expressions on her face in the photos communicates the joy that she is experiencing as she loves on the people there.
I sat in a small group Bible study in our home and listened as a young couple compassionately offered for a college student to spend the holidays in their home after hearing about her difficult home life.
I watched as church members generously collected food items to donate to the international student ministry at our local university.
I talked with a college student as she is excitedly preparing to invest her time discipling another student who is a new believer.
These expressions of love stem from the heart of each of these Christ-followers. The love of Christ flows out of their lives and leads them to action. Their joyful sacrifices are tangible expressions of God’s love to the people they are serving. These snapshots are depictions of the gospel in action, and I am grateful to have witnessed God’s love displayed through these people this week.
Look around you and see where God’s love in being displayed in action. When the love of Jesus invades our lives, we will be changed, and we will be compelled to share that love in tangible ways with others. It will be our joy to do so.