By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

I was out walking this morning and was once again caught up in the beauty of God’s creation.  The variety and color of blooms are incredible.   One particular tree made me stop and just drink of its loveliness.  A fruit tree—not just the color and profusion of blooms, but the shape and elegance was breathtaking.  The contours reminded me of a ballerina poised full of grace—ready to join the dance of life.

I had seen that tree before, in fact for many years, but never had it looked so wonderful, and just then the lesson came.  The power of the bloom is in the hand of the Creator like new birth every season is dependent upon the Creators’ care and the knowledge of the life it touches.  What stages this tree had survived- what storms had shaken its branches- and what sadness had birthed the joy of its loveliness.  As He grew the tree He is growing you and me.

AWARENESS:     It is love that brings new birth into our lives as we turn to Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Suddenly we are aware of our need of Him and that He is aware of us.  We in turn become more aware of those around us.  Perhaps by just a smile, a wave to the neighbor, a quick, ‘how are you’ without really stopping to get the answer, but still there is this awareness.

ACCEPTANCE:   Then this same love grows and brings acceptance.  An acceptance that trusts His Sovereignty.  That He is the power of love that helps us to accept ourselves just as we are, fearfully and wonderfully made in His image.  This is the healing process that produces enough love to share with others and works within us to heal the broken places.

AFFIRMATION:   Through affirmation this love builds a firm foundation, a foundation that brings wholeness and balance.  The scars left by previous wounds are miraculously removed as intimacy with God forms a union that is unshakeable.  Such love bursts the dams of previous prevention and overflows the banks.  By the power of this love we affirm one-another, we honor and prefer one-another and life overflows with joy.  We are poised and ready to join the dance of life.

Today let this same love create –awareness—acceptance—and affirmation in your heart and through your relationships—SHOW THE WORLD WE ARE HIS DISCIPLES!