From The Pastor's Desk
Does "Love Look Good on You?"
Recently I shared in a sermon the comment made to a Christian who was living a godly life with such integrity, kindness and love, that it was said of them, “God looks good on you.” The meaning of the comment was that the person lived in a way that they gave God a good name. They did not give God a bad name by being hypocritical, judgmental, or immoral. They were a good ambassador for Jesus, representing His name well. They brought glory to God, and ex- alted his name. In God’s word, Isaiah 49:6 - prophet, Matthew 5:14 – gospel, and Philippians
2:15 - epistle, we are challenged to be light to the world, pointing with our lives of grace to Christ as the Savior. When you do, “God looks good on you.”
A characteristic Jesus said in John 13:35 that would show or prove we are Christians, is love. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Based upon this verse a compliment of a disciple or follower of Christ could be, “Love looks good on you. Your life is lived in a way that it can be said of you, that because of the way you love God and you love people, you make love look good. Love looks good on you!
The romantic love ideas that surround Valentine’s day in February give us a chance to talk about what love really is. It is not the silly cupid love. It is much more than a warm feeling, a first crush, or a physical attraction. Is it love in the middle of winter that keeps those with “cabin fever” from hurting each other?
The Bible says a lot about love and through this month we will examine this characteristic of mature faith as we continue to grow up in love. Ephesians 4:16 From him (Christ) the whole body, held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. 1 John 4:20 says that love is an indicator that you know God. Gala- tians 5:22 says that love is a sign (“fruit”) of the Holy Spirit at work in you. Matthew 5:44-45 says love of those who are enemies is an indicator of being part of the Kingdom of God, and having a Christlikeness, for he said to his enemies, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 says love is “the most excellent way,” to live and serve as a Christian.
If a person is growing it means they have not fully arrived at being fully mature. Ephesians
4:16 said we grow up, “as each part does its work.” We are all in this together. To work on it, means that each person is giving of their time, talents and resources to work in unity, submit- ting to love the Lord and each other, for a united and consistent witness for Jesus. Let’s keep growing in our love. As we keep working in witness and mission, it can hopefully be said of Newington, “Love looks good on you,” also making true, “God looks good on you.” That is the goal.