Daily Office Readings for Friday in theWeek of the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: Year 2
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3: 1)
Our Lord Jesus walked among us teaching us to behave like Children of God. He adopted us as brothers and sisters in Christ and therefore heirs to the kingdom. We are not like many in the world. We, as believers, are grafted into the family-hood of God. That means we are different. We do not repay evil for evil. We treat others like we would have them treat us.
There are people who do not know this about the nature of God. When they see the love we have they know not where it comes from and don’t understand what it means to be civil and decent and loving towards others. It is God’s way but “the reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him”
Our Lord Jesus goes on to say, “All who do not do what is right are not from God, nor are those who do not love their brothers and sisters (1 John 3:10). I think the truth is that we are all from God but some of us have de-select to be a part of God’s family because they have decided to worship the created rather than the Creator. To remain a part of the family of God our Lord Jesus says we do what is right and love our brothers and sisters. We don’t de-select them.
If we are to do what is right then it is implied that we already know the right thing to do. It is implied that we have that “gut” feeling that tells us the right path. That right path is not promised to be easy. But it is right and good so to do.
Additionally, we are to love our brothers and sisters. I’ve talked about this before. First we recognize that all people are our brothers and sisters (regardless of what they think). Please be cautioned about two things: first, most of our brothers and sisters whom we are called to love are different than ourselves (race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, language, and even political party.) Second, some or our brothers and sisters go out of their way to be difficult to love. Love them anyway. In many ways it’s like being in any regular family. It is no wonder then that most families have the so-called “lost child.” Perhaps these lost family members are preparing us for what God is asking us to do on a global stage, love them anyway. This earth is our family home and we are all family, brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Thank You Lord Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John