Matthew 25:31-40 (NLT) – ‘…when the Son of Man comes in his glory… he will separate the people…
The King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”
37 Then these righteous ones will reply, “Lord, when..?”
40 And the King will say, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
1 John 4:12, 20 (NIV) – No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us…If we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
“We cannot separate our relation with God from our relation with people. To experience the compassion of God makes one a medium of compassion… For those in Christ the origin and recipient of every act is Christ himself.” [Snodgrass, K. Stories with Intent. p. 562]
Receive again the gravity and joy of the truth that we love our Lord Jesus by loving His people. Let’s pray for ourselves and our churches – that we would love Jesus.
Let’s worship and rely upon His love for us as we sing, “This is How We Know” (Matt Redman).