John 13:31-35 (NIV)

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man1 glorified2 and God is glorified in him.3 

32 If God is glorified in him,a God will glorify the Son in himself,4 and will glorify him at once. 
33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.5 
34 “A new command6 I give you: Love one another.7 As I have loved you, so you must love one another.8
35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”9

John 13:35 (NIV)

35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”9

DEVOTION – Susan Thogerson Maas (Oregon)

Recently, a young missionary couple visited us.  Jeff had been the tall, skinny kid who played basketball down the street.  As he grew up, he felt God’s calling him into mission work.  Now he and his wife, Channy, were going to Cambodia, a country with a small Christian population, to spread the good news of Christ.

As Jeff talked with us about his work, we could see his passion for these people whom God loves.  Jeff offers free English lessons, using the Bible as one of his texts.  He and Channy have begun youth groups, and he recently started a sports club.  In a video made by a fellow missionary, young Cambodian men and women testified that they treasure Jeff’s classes because he respects them and doesn’t shame then for wrong answers.  They feel loved.  As a result of their relationship with Jeff and Channy, some have decided to follow Christ.

We can’t all be missionaries in foreign lands.  However, we can send a card of encouragement, run an errand for an elderly neighbor, or listen to someone who is in pain.  Through acts of love, we show others the love of God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Love lights the path to God.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for the love you have shown us.  May we lead others to you through the love we show them.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: TO PROCLAIM GOD’S LOVE

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