Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Aristides: the observable testimony

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    [Jesus:] A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
    —John 13:34-35 (NIV)
    Christians love one another. They never fail to help widows; they save orphans from those who would hurt them. If a man has something, he gives freely to the man who has nothing. If they see a stranger, Christians take him home and are happy, as though he were a real brother. They don’t consider themselves brothers in the usual sense, but brothers instead through the Spirit, in God. ... And if they hear that one of them is in jail, or persecuted for professing the name of their redeemer, they all give him what he needs—if it is possible, they bail him out.
    If one of them is poor and there isn’t enough food to go around, they fast several days to give him the food he needs... This is really a new kind of person. There is something divine in them.
    ... Marcianus Aristides (2nd century), a lawyer, before HadrianThe Apology of Aristides on Behalf of the Christians, ed. J. Rendel Harris, Joseph Armitage Robinson, Cambridge: The University Press, 1891, p. 49-50 (see the book)
    See also John 13:34-35; Isa. 43:19; Acts 4:32-34; Gal. 5:13; 1 Thess. 4:10; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 3:10; 4:20-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your goodness shows forth through Your people.
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