I’m a Lover, not a fighter – MJ
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. —Colossians 3:17
When I heard about the service agency
called Love, INC, I assumed that meant Love, Incorporated. But it
actually means Love—In the Name of Christ. The organization’s goal is
to mobilize churches to reach out to a hurting and needy world in the
name of Christ.
Throughout history, people have said they’re
acting in Jesus’ name, when in reality it was for their own advantage.
During World War II, the horrors of the Holocaust were sometimes
rationalized by those who labeled the Jews “Christ-killers.” Today
racist groups dare to use “Christian” in their name or literature while
using violence and hatred to intimidate people.
The Word of God is so saturated with the word love
that it’s hard to imagine how anyone could justify doing hateful acts
in the name of Christ. Love is at the core of the gospel: Jesus’
sacrifice on the cross was motivated by God’s love. “In this the love
of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten
Son into the world, that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9).
grateful followers of Jesus, we are told to “do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus” (Col. 3:17). When we represent Him to other people in word
and deed, they should see love, in the name of Christ. — Cindy Hess Kasper
Teach me to love—this is my plea;
May all the Spirit’s graces shine through me;
Tear from my heart all hate, foolish pride;
Help me to live like Christ the crucified. —Peterson
© 1968 John W. Peterson Music Company.
Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, . . . but have not love, it profits me nothing. —1 Cor. 13:3