There has been a prayer that’s been on my heart lately as my church approaches its official launch date as Christway on September 14th. There have been a lot of things I’m hoping for as the date approaches. But one prayer more than anything else. I hope we as a local church body don’t get in the way. That people don’t see us working against each other but caring for each other with a God given love. That we work together fluidly so that visitors don’t see the systems at work but are impacted with a fresh welcome.
John 13:34-35 from the ESV says,
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
This really impacted me the first time I read it during bible study. At first I was thinking about how easy it would be love those closest to us. Afterall, our neighbors don’t have any ties for us to cling to. But I think about how the better you know someone, the more chance they have to push your buttons. You learn their quirks and faults. And you don’t just see them a little bit. Disagreements rise up. Just like a family. But like a family that loves well, we can put on display the love shown to us by our Father. This is what I’m praying for.