Burning With Love – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

Often we are preoccupied with the question “How can we be witnesses in the Name of Jesus?  What are we supposed to say or do to make people accept the love that God offers them?”  These questions are expressions more of our fear than of our love.   Jesus shows us the way of being witnesses.  He was so full of God’s love, so connected with God’s will, so burning with zeal for God’s Kingdom, that he couldn’t do other than witness.  Wherever he went and whomever he met, a power went out from him that healed everyone who touched him.  (See Luke 6:19.)

If we want to be witnesses like Jesus, our only concern should be to be as alive with the love of God as Jesus was.

For further reflection…

“If you have material possessions and see another in need but have no pity, how can the love of God be in you? Dear Children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence…” – 1 John 3: 17-19 (NIV)