The reach of love

I am so blessed recently.  I’ve continued my Friday morning studies with a friend, and I pray that each of you someday get the chance to see such a blatant display of Christ touching someone’s heart.  The only thing I know  to compare it to is experiencing the birth of my children, and when I realized the analogy of such a comparison, my heart just burst with joy over the perfection of His will.  I wish I could talk to each of you individually to properly express the wonder of what He is doing.  I am simultaneously honored and humbled that He is allowing me to watch as He works.  I myself am learning so much about His relationship with humanity, His desperate love for us, in studying every week with my friend.  Sometimes He works in such ways that I couldn’t deny His presence if I tried, and  I’ve quenched the Spirit for so long that I still feel like a child, watching Him in awe and realizing just how far His arm reaches.

One aspect that I’d never really thought about is how differently the Gospel affects different people.  My husband is someone who needs historical, logical, and philosophical proof of the Gospel.  I’m more convinced by the practicality of it.  N san has been affected most by the love of it.

I’ve told the story of how we met, but want to briefly expound on what happened afterwards.  Before I left Kojima, I interviewed my friends on video, asking questions about their religious beliefs.  N san pretty blatantly told me that she doesn’t really care one way or the other about religions.  She wasn’t rude, just very matter of fact.  When we left, Brent and Sandy Rogers welcomed her into the group of Christians studying in Kojima.  Their love and care for others was such a genuine, obvious, ever-present thing that N san couldn’t help but be pierced by it.

The thing I respect so greatly about Brent and Sandy is that they never sat around talking extensively about how we ought to love others.  They just did it.  And it was genuine.  I am so convicted to tears by their sincerely good hearts.  It wasn’t a church outreach program or a checklist study that reached N san so deeply; it was pure, real, Christ-like love.  By the grace of God displayed through Brent and Sandy, N san and I are richly blessed in continuing to read His Word together.

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.   A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22: 36-40

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:35

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