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John 10: 22-30

They’ll Know Us by Our Love

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John 10: 22-30

They’ll Know Us by Our Love

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Jesus was walking in the temple when a group of people gathered around him and said, “How long will you keep us in suspense? Tell us plainly if you are the Messiah.” They just wanted to hear Jesus say, “Yes, I am God’s Son. I was sent by God to bring God’s love to you.”

But instead Jesus says,“The works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify about me”(10:25). He is telling them to look at the good works and miracles he performed. They should know that he is God’s son because of what he did––the love he offered to everyone.

Do you think you can tell who someone is by what they do? I think it is the best way to find out who someone is. Let’s think of some examples.

Right in your own church you will find volunteers; people who do things to help others. Some gather food and clothing for the poor and homeless. They show and share their love by serving others. If you look, you will find people doing all sorts of kind things.

Some people volunteer in animal shelters to care for animals that need love. They do this without pay because they love animals and they want those animals to feel loved. That tells us something about who those volunteers are, doesn’t it?

On the other hand, if you see someone who is unkind to an animal or another person that tells you something about who that person is, doesn’t it?

Jesus teaches us that we can know who he is by thinking about how he lived his life; how he provided love and care and help to others.

The same is true for each one of us – others can tell who we are by the way we live our lives. They will “know we are Christians by our love.”

Note: “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love” is a lovely song that would compliment the lesson. Optional activity. Click here for the words:

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