It should be pretty clear by now that being a follower of Christ is an active process. You see, Jesus is never standing still; he is always in motion: healing, loving, turning over tables, sharing the Good News, walking on water, and performing miracles. And it was these actions, in concert, that demonstrated his love for others and for us, providing numerous examples of just how we might "love our neighbors as ourselves."
Jesus is (and has always been) God's Word in action. That's why his ministry kept him moving all the time. He rarely stayed in one place for very long; but when he didand while he was traveling along the wayhe was expressing his love through those actions.
It may be interesting to note that in every example Jesus ever gave us of loving others, he never told us to say "I love you" to others. His examples and teachings were always about demonstrating love through our actions.
"What is written in the Law?" [Jesus] replied. "How do you read it?" [The man] answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
"Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgivenas her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little."
"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him."
1 John 4:9
But following Jesus isn't always what we have in mind as we go about our days, is it? Whether we want to or not, we are often only vaguely aware that we are not really living the lives he has called us to […]