This will be the final post on Adam Hamilton’s book When Christians Get It Wrong, I will do some follow-up and final thoughts at some point next week. I am preaching so I am not sure when the Spirit will move me, but I will post once more.
As we finish this book, we see Reverend Hamilton taking a different approach. This is a feel good chapter that describe to us How “Christians Get it Right.” We are reminded that the much of Paul’s writings in the New Testament are teachings to those who do not “get it.” For that matter I read much of Jesus’ teachings as given to those who did not “get it.” For as much as we try we do not always act as we should, there is frequently a disconnect between our minds and the rest of our body.
Love is a four letter word that we can start talking about today, and not finish the subject before we die. Love is an action and a feeling depending on who and where you are. We as Christians need to use love as an action word and do those associated actions in a way that non Christians can feel love. This will look different for every person involved. The Church is a group that reaches out to individuals (in most cases.) Someone in the group has the power to connect with just about any individual through love. As we have noticed and seen in this study and book, someone in the group has the potential to negatively touch individuals also.
We know that we need to love our God with all that we have and are. It is no secret that we need to love others as we love ourselves. These statements are the easy part. The hard thing is to live those out in ways that allow you to remain true to who you are, while at the same time allowing others to feel your love.
There is no short cut, nor is there an easy way to love. The secret is to keep doing the best that we can, and constantly reflecting on how effective we are. We all know those people who work for our personality, do as they do, I am sure that there are other people like you. Keep loving and acting out of love and God will bless your personal ministry.