What’s in a name?
What do you think when you hear the name “Jesus”? Unfortunately, your reaction likely depends on whether you know Christ or just Christians.
Pop quiz: Christians are:
If you don’t check the last item, you’re in good company.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. —Mahatma Gandhi
Jesus intended for Christians to have a very different reputation.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. —John 13:35 (New International Version)
How can Christians change their reputation?
16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. —1 John 3:16-18 (New International Version)