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Daily Reading: 22nd January 2015

John 11.34-36 cont.

34 And He said: “Where have you put him?” They said to Him: “Lord, come and see.”

35 Jesus shed tears.

36 Then the Jews said: “See how much He loved him.”

It is often said that seeing is believing. This can refer to the way in which a person conducts their way of life. As we observe one another we look to see if what is said is matched by what we do. Sometime someone will say something and the hearer may respond by saying: “I’ll believe that when I see it.” Meaning that the spoken words need to be in line with that persons behaviour.

When Jesus cried at the tomb of Lazarus it was evident to the people who saw Him that Jesus really cared about Lazarus, and his sisters.

Those around Jesus could see that He was not shedding crocodile tears, but that He was genuine in feeling the loss that Mary and Martha had over the death of Lazarus.

As we live our life for and with Jesus it must be evident that our words match our action.

James wrote about this and said: Dear brothers and sisters, what’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? – James 2.14 (NLT). We know that words can come easily, and we may say that we love someone, but make no effort to display that love.

Jesus did show His love for Lazarus and Mary and Martha by going to the tomb of Lazarus.

How do we show our love for one another? How do we display the care that we should have for one another?

This is what is called a two way street, which means that we must all put into action the love that we profess to have for one another. It is as we do this that the love of God flows between us. In His first letter John put it this way: If anybody should say: “I love God”, and should hate his brother, he is a liar; for the person who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, is not able to love God whom he has not seen? – 1 John 4.20.

Let us not wait for others to show us the love of God, instead let us be eager to display God’s love through our actions as well as our words.

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