Churches sometimes do the most amazing things, especially small churches where everyone knows everyone. A young family moved to a community and started going to a church. They hadn’t been there very long when a six-year-old son had a birthday. The church members decorated the Sunday School classroom with balloons and had a birthday cake sitting on a table in the middle of the room. When the child entered the classroom, everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to him. While the cake was being cut, the little boy asked his mother – “Why does everyone here love me?” Leave it to a child to get to the heart of things. This family had only been there for a few months and everyone was treating them like they had been friends for a long time.
The love that this church was showing to this new family tells us how we are supposed to treat everyone. The love that they were showing this new family is how we are to treat our church family and those who live around us.
We often don’t understand why God loves us so much that he gave us His only Son. We can’t understand why God loves us but he does. His love is freely given to us. We’ve done nothing to deserve it. I John 4:8 says, “God is love.” It’s who God is! John 13:34-35 says, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
This small church planning a birthday party for someone they hardly know shows us how to love in the name of God and His Son Jesus. We can’t always understand the love of Christ but we can pour it out on others. We can be examples of His amazing love!
John 13:34 – As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
Author: Tommy Herndon