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Love: A Badge of Honor

As it often does, curiosity drove me to research. That research birthed a child, TA DA! It’s this blog. It’s about time curiosity lead a woman TO God. (Some of you will catch that later…)

I often hear the term “Elect Lady” in churches. Well, I hear it referenced to first ladies or women in the ministry. However, when I read 2 John, this entire epistle (letter) is addressed to “her”. Now forgive me, I have no clue what drove me to 2 John. I read it in something, I’m sure. This Elect Lady and her children, according to my research, referenced a church. How befitting! Eklektos (Greek term for chosen) actually is defined as chosen by God or prominent. Isn’t that the Biblical depiction of Christ’s bride? The church. It’s a body of people. Its the body of Christ. The extension of the work God started…. an entire post on its own. For the sake of time, the church is NOT a building. Ok? 😉

In this particular letter, around verse five, Paul is urging them to love one another as commanded by Christ. So of course my handy-dandy-study Bible gave me the scripture reference to the new COMMANDment given by Christ in John 13:34-35. So I hop on over and read familiar words. A church I was a part of when I first moved to Houston used to recite a portion of this verse every Sunday. In John 13 Jesus is explaining to the disciples that He would be glorified by the Father, and in sum, He would be leaving them.

As recently taught by my Pastor (Pastor THJ!), I’m glad Jesus sent the Holy Spirit that can be with me, with my parents back home, and everywhere at the same time!

BUT, right after Jesus explained His departure, He gave a new COMMAND. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, that doesn’t leave room for interpretation, does it? Any military readers want to chime in here? COMMAND… something we MUST do. Are we on the same page?? Awesome.

The command was to LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS CHRIST HAS LOVED US. Heavy huh? Did He ask you to save the world? Kinda, He asked you to love people. What a mind blowing concept. Get this, there’s more. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 ESV)

Yup, PRESTO: You’re Christian ID Badge of Honor is LOVE. Now the beautiful thing is, we are to love because we were first LOVED. I typed were, but I really mean AM. We ARE loved by God, so we are to love others. Love them when they are nice to you, and love them when they are rude. Love them when they love you back, and when they have no clue who you are. That rude customer service rep who isn’t trying to help you at all, yup love him/her. The person who is too close to you in the line at Chipotle, yup, love him/her too. The person who’s beliefs are completely different from yours, be it moral, spiritual, or otherwise, love HIM/HER too. Love doesn’t mean you agree, condone, or promote that person’s agenda, beliefs, or behavior. It’s the COMMAND that CHRIST gave HIS children as a sign…get this…that WE ARE INDEED HIS CHILDREN.

WE, the Elect Lady AKA the CHURCH, have a job to do. WE have to get better about this love business. It’s serious business. So much so, that I get excited when I encounter it. Instead of it being the norm, it is now the anomaly. WE have work to do. Will you join in with me? Let’s love on purpose! Godly love people, don’t pervert what we are commanded to do. (That’s another blog… one who perverts the word is NOT of God.) When you see fit, which is all the time, love on one another. Encourage one another. Spur another believer in spiritual growth. Be like Christ: L O V E somebody.

P.S. Can you be a love bug and share this with someone else? I see all kinds of things go viral. It would be LOVEly for a message about LOVE to go viral too. Just a thought;)

Loving EACH of you,

IVY OUT

By Andonnia

I am the King's daughter. I am my parents' daughter, a godmother, an aunt, a niece, a sister, a soror, a listener, a hearer & doer, a philanthroservant, a writer, a student, a teacher, a live-right enthusiast, a fail forward live-er, a business woman, a woman after God's heart! ~iLove~

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