“Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.” (Romans 2:15)
I encounter love everyday. Someone who takes a little extra time to look you in the eye in public. A person who wishes you well as they leave. Up to a certain point, I couldn’t care less whether or not someone believes in Jesus (beyond that point, I actually really do care—it’s my main impetus). Lest you think I’m slipping in my Evangelical Protestant worldview, know that those I encounter who show love are doing so in a public setting. The public square and under professional auspices into which “religion” doesn’t enter the equation. It’s love, I can feel it.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” (John 6:29)
How do you show love? There are a thousand ways. Every action you do can be one of love. To have the ability to move about in our body and interact with things of a physical nature. Objects and settings. This is a premier gift. If you have food in your stomach and/or in your pantry and you’re warm in the Winter, you are supremely blessed. The table has been set with life and rather than see the slow atrophy of our enthusiasm as “the natural order of things”, rather burn through that in order to show that what Christ did in buying us back for His father can tell in every little thing we do.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)
There’s a German word: gemuchlichkeit. While it may not have an exact cognate in English, the highly nuanced definition is that of warmth both metaphorically and also, uh, atmospherically…? To where you feel the acceptance in the room. To where the heat is on and you feel welcomed. It doesn’t take much and you can do this wherever you’re at. As a believer, you bring the presence of the Holy Spirit with you where you go. If you’re so inclined, take some time going forward and look for His presence. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you so you know what’s Him and what isn’t. Jesus was and still is all about love. And the Holy Spirit has been given to us so that we may walk as Jesus walked.