They Will Know We Are Christians…

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,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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