Witness of Truth with Love – 1 PETER 2:12
“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:12
To love is also to show honor. We honor by respecting the dignity of the people around us, as much as possible, live peaceably with others as what we are called to. The Lord also called us to not harden our hearts when we see someone who are in need (Deut. 15:7). In our relationship with others, we are encouraged to rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep – this is our ministry of presence to others, to empathize and to care (Romans 12:15)
All of these stem from love. The Lord exemplifies what love is – restoration, redemption and even dying for others. Feeding for the hungry, healing the sick. Notice how Jesus Christ showed love while He was preaching, representing the kingdom of heaven while being in human form, submitting to the authority of the society. Because ultimately, he desires salvation for all, up to the worst of sinners, for he came not for the well but for the sick.
We see how much Christ cared and loved people during His ministry. No one can speak bad about him because all of his actions stem from love.
Today, as witnesses of Christ and representatives of God’s kingdom here on earth, may the course of our lives be influenced by Christ’s love, to be loving witnesses to the lost and to the seeking. May they see God’s goodness in us in the big and small things we do. Christ poured out His love for us and everyday we receive that. May that love overflow to others as we walk as salts and lights of this world.