By our love

Brothers, let us come together,
Walking in the Spirit, there’s much to be done.
We will come reaching, out from our comforts
And they will know us by our love.

Sisters, we were made for kindness
We can pierce the darkness as He shines through us.
We will come reaching, with a song of healing.
And they will know us by our love!

The time is now
Come Church arise!
Love with His hands;
See with His eyes.
Bind it around you;
Let it never leave you,
And they will know us by our love…

Children, you are hope for justice,
Stand firm in the Truth now, set your hearts above
You will be reaching, long after we’re gone,
And they will know you by your love!

I’ve been listening to this song by Christy Nockels, from her album Life Light Up on repeat lately, and it convicts me every time!  It’s based off of Jesus’ words in John 13:35:

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

This was our family verse when I was little; for that matter, it probably still is! We talked about how love between us would show those outside our family Who Jesus is. 

Love is not passive; this song emphasizes the reaching that comes out of love.  When we truly love one another, and when we are truly disciples of Jesus, love for one another leads us to reach out to others.  When we love our children and teach them to love, they will continue “reaching, long after we’re gone.” 

May we see both “ourselves” and those in darkness with His eyes and love with His hands.

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