Today's Mental Image:
A Cup Of Cold Water
A cup of cold water refreshes the body. Love refreshes the soul [mind, spirit, and emotions]. An expression of love by a stranger, or one who is preceived as being a danger, gives a living illustration of God. Scripture calls us to love one another, especially in the household of faith. But, if we love only those who love us, no one will ever "know we are Christiains by our love." The love that reveals Christ in us touches the world around us. And, by that touch, they know we are Christians. Even sinners love their "in group" - people who love them. We are known by our genuinely loving all people - even our enemies and gross sinners. That's how Jesus loved. That is "even as I have loved you" love.
"If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them."
Luke 6:32 CEV