God’s Whole Church

He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? – John 4:20

 On purpose, Jesus talked in terms of loving one’s brother, sister, or neighbors. It requires more of us to love a friend or relative who we know well, than to be concerned for the welfare for people who suffer far away. We rightfully are concerned and reach out to Tornado victims for example, but the test is how do we love and forgive the racist or bigot in our neighborhood. To love – that is, “to delight in the graces and veil the defects” – of the person who opposes your plans, grates on your nerves, or whose faults your sweet soul most naturally revolts is quite another matter. Sometime the greatest test of our call to love all God’s people lies in the room next door.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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