God is trying to show the world what He is like through those who know Him. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”1 Jesus came to love the world, and He calls us to do likewise in every facet of life, in every way—to give God’s love to others. The only way that others will ever find His joy and peace and love and happiness and heaven is through us. No matter where we are from, if we have Jesus, we are now His ambassadors and represent the King of kings, the one who runs the universe.
What was Jesus’ last message to His disciples at the Last Supper, just before He was arrested, taken to jail, beaten, and killed? “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”2 He talked about love, that love was the most important thing!
Wouldn’t it have been enough for them to simply tell others about the love of Jesus? Couldn’t the Lord just as well have said, “By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you preach My message”? Evidently not. It’s not good enough to just talk about love. Jesus said His disciples had to have love; they had to live love. He knew that there would be no denying that sample.
And those first Christians turned the world upside down with the love of God. The way they lived convinced others that their faith was real. “Look at how these Christians love one another!” Even their Roman persecutors marveled and asked, “Who is this Christ, and how does He make you so happy? Even though you have nothing, you’ve got everything! How can I find this kind of happiness too?” And within 200 years, one out of five people in the Western world were professing Christians. May we also be known by our love!—D.B.B.
Our main purpose in life ought to be, as Martin Luther said, “to love God and enjoy Him forever”—and I might add, to help others enjoy life by helping them find and experience God’s love too.—D.B.B.
Just a little love can go a long way—much further than you would have ever dreamed.—D.B.B.
Love is the Christian’s ID card.—Author unknown
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.—Mother Teresa
Ambassador to one
In Les Miserables, Victor Hugo tells of Jean Valjean, whose only crime was the theft of a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving children. After nineteen years of imprisonment, he was released. Unable to find work because he had been a convict, he came to the home of an old bishop who kindly fed Jean supper and gave him a bed for the night.
In deep despair over what seemed an impossibly bleak future, Jean yielded to temptation, stole the bishop’s silver plates, and slipped away in the night. He was soon caught, however, and hauled back to the bishop’s house. Knowing what would happen to Jean if he was convicted a second time, the kind bishop told the police, “I gave him the silver.” Jean was astounded at such kindness. Although Jean later stole again, his conscience finally got the better of him. He repented of his thievery, and was a changed man.—Retold by K.P.
So many people are always searching for love but seldom, if ever, finding it. People everywhere are looking around for some little ray of hope, some salvation, some bright spot somewhere, a little love, a little mercy, someplace where they can find some relief. We who have found God and His love have what others have been searching for all their lives and need desperately, and if we can show them that love exists, then they can believe that God exists, because “God is love.”3
Even the little things you do can mean a lot. The light of your smile, the kindness of your face, the influence of your life can shed light on many and have an amazing effect among some of the people you sometimes think might be the least likely to be impressed. When they feel your love and you tell them it’s God’s love, they think, Maybe somebody up there does love me! It can change their whole outlook on life and give them a new start.—D.B.B.