The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. remarked that “one of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. There is that persistent schizophrenia which leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practice the very antithesis of those principles.”

When we we look at the ministry of Jesus, however, what we find is a person whose actions and words were in beautiful alignment. He preached love. He lived love. Jesus didn’t just sit around and talk about loving people. He went out and fed people who were hungry, healed people who were sick, and welcomed people who had been rejected.

While it might not seem revolutionary, it’s active love like this that has always changed the world for the better.

The crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” Jesus answered, “Whoever has two shirts must share with the one who has none, and whoever has food must do the same.”

Luke 3:10-11

I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Amos 5:21-24

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