With a radiant smile and welcoming arms, Cindy greeted us at Live Aqua Spa and Resort in Cancun. “Dawna! I’m so happy to see you!” She threw her arms around me and squeezed tightly. “I’m so glad to be reunited with you! My heart is beating so fast.” She placed her hand on her chest and demonstrated her heart beating rapidly.
Then she looked at David, opened her arms wide and said in her Spanish accent, “Come on, Dabid.”
David gave her a big hug.
As I stood there in awe of her love for others, I thought about living more like this—loving and embracing one another.
Jesus loved like this. He opened arms wide to a tax collector…a fisherman…a woman caught in adultery… Just like Cindy, I picture Him saying, “Come on, Matthew.” And with a big hug, Mathew walks away from his old life and follows the One who is life. Click To TweetLove changes everything. Click To Tweet
In a world full of groups that segregate themselves by shared interests, skin color, and rules, Jesus breaks all the rules by teaching us to identify ourselves as His followers through love.
Love shapes our character.When our identifying factor is love, we're transforming to be more and more like Him. Click To Tweet
And isn’t that the goal?
Love is how we see the face of God.
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 NLT