Lunch Box Religion

In a “Peanuts” comic strip, Linus carefully listened to Lucy as she boasted about her religious zeal. She wanted him to think that she was all about witnessing to others. 

“You know, Linus,” she bragged, “I could be a terrific evangelist. Do you know the kid that sits behind me in school? I convinced him that my religion was better than his religion!” 

“How did you do that?” he asked. 

“I hit him with my lunch box until he gave in,” she replied.  

Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Jesus knew that love would work better than being beaten with a lunch box! 

Biblical love must never be confused with warm, fuzzy feelings or emotional ups and downs. Biblical love is a love that opens one’s lunch box to someone who is hungry and in need of food, even though the lunch box owner would have to do without food. It is a love that causes us to give until we have to do without. It is a love that will, at times, drain us of energy and finances to help those who are victims of poverty through no fault of their own. It is a love that absorbs the hurts of others without complaining or holding back when we think that we are being taken advantage of. It is a love that is “hard to do” because it is a love that comes from God, and we see in His love, a sacrificial, “other’s needs come first” kind of love.  

Prayer:  We see in Your Son, Father, the ultimate definition of love - a love that had or has no limits or draws no lines. Fill our hearts with love like Your Son’s. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:35   

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