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Via Facebook kreeg ik een oude opname te zien van een jongen die, met kernwoorden verteld wie Jezus is in alle boeken van de bijbel. Hij begint in Genesis en eindigt met Openbaring. Dan denk oei geweldig, maar dan gaat ie nog een stukje verder. Je krijgt er kippenvel van. Bekijk het filmpje hier

Een paar dagen geleden zag ik de film Amazing Praise over William Wilberforce die in het Engelse parlement streed voor de afschaffing van de slavernij. Ook door deze film werd ik behoorlijk geraakt.

Vandaag las ik een e-mail bericht van Scott Wilson

1.    Love and serve people even when you don’t feel like it.

There were many times throughout His earthly ministry that Christ chose to serve His disciples, even after extended periods of ministering to the masses. If we waited until the “perfect” time to love and serve, we never would.

2.    Love and serve people even when you can’t trust them to love you back.

Christ invested into the twelve disciples even though He knew that at some point they might not love Him back. Peter ran from Christ and rejected even being associated with him. When we love others without expectation, we are loving as Christ did.

3.    Love and serve people no matter what season of life you are in.

Jesus knew that His season of ministry would be short, and He chose to love and serve strategically.  Whether you are in a season of growth and change, or a season of stillness and rest, you can always find a way to love in tangible ways.

4.    Love and serve people even if you know they might betray you.

When Jesus was sitting at the table with Judas, He chose to wash his feet, even thought He knew that Judas would betray him later that day. This is a difficult calling, but Christ’s love is radical, and His grace will provide a way.

It’s easy to love by the world’s standards, especially when those standards are so low. But Christ sets a new standard for love that we can only reach through Him. It’s not about reaching perfection, or even striving – it’s about accepting His perfect love, and being a conduit for that love to everyone around you. How are you loving others by the new standard that Christ has set for us?

Wat deze  dingen met elkaar gemeen hebben is de liefde van Jezus voor alle mensen. Kijk daarom niet alleen naar je eigen veilige wereldje, maar ook verder, naar mensen in nood. Al is het in Syrië, Libië of welke plek op deze aarde dan ook.

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