Are you known as a Christian by your love?

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Are you known as a Christian by your love?

I felt inspired by John 13:34-35 to do a bit of a doodle… I’ve always had a love for typography, and I’ve realized that worship isn’t always just praying or singing, or any number of things you think of as “worship,” but I think we should realize that different people worship in different ways.
Dictionary.com defines worship as reverent honor and homage paid to God… if for me sometimes that looks like prayer, inspiration and doodling what the spirit speaks to me, I’m learning that’s ok, and no less an act of worship than something else. I believe God is interested more in the heart of what we do, and not so much the nuts and bolts of what it is.

Malachi

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“Count on it: The day is coming, raging like a forest fire. All the arrogant people who do evil things will be burned up like stove wood, burned to a crisp, nothing left but scorched earth and ash— a black day. But for you, sunrise! The sun of righteousness will dawn on those who honor my name, healing radiating from its wings. You will be bursting with energy, like colts frisky and frolicking. And you’ll tromp on the wicked. They’ll be nothing but ashes under your feet on that Day.” God -of-the-Angel-Armies says so.” Malachi 4:1-3 MSG

Reading Malachi this morning. What begins with a strong reminder of the importance of honesty, to be proper in worship, remember respect and holy fear of God, and to wait with patience for God’s plan to unfold, turns to sharp contrast for what will happen for God’s people vs. the arrogant when the day finally arrives. I have always had trouble with old testament violence and punishment (and reconciling that with “God is Love”), but I do find encouragement in the fact that God will make all things right – and all will be just. I also feel peace because although I don’t deserve it, I will be one bursting with energy, healed and whole because of what Jesus did for me. Some sweet day. 🙂