will the real Christians please stand up

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{a little comic relief}

I went out to lunch with a dear friend of mine this weekend. she is a friend that inspires me, a friend that encourages authenticity out of me, a girl who I need more of in my life. the topic of Christianity came up and the misconceptions that Christians often give. in fact we concluded that “Christians” (those who call themselves Christians) give real, authentic Christ followers a bad rep. these people leave a sour taste in the mouth of non-believers or even fellow believers. it’s a shame. actually, it’s a tragedy.

as humans we like to complicate. it’s a major fault of ours. while many things in the bible seem complex they are all built on the simplicity of one thing. love god and love others.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another 1 John 4:7-21

building our lives on this simple truth is what God is asking of us. LOVE ONE ANOTHER. it doesn’t get any more simple than that. this is what being a Christian is. we are not here to judge. we are not here to make the rules. they have already been made. we are here to show the love of Jesus Christ. we are here to be the hands and feet of our father. stick to the simplicity of this truth. if you are ever in doubt of what your beliefs should be, how you should handle a situation, how to treat someone, look to his word. his word is clear. his word is life. his word is love.

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