“By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
As a people that have been “set apart” by God we are to be recognized as “set apart” by the way people outside of a relationship with Jesus in such a way that they would also want to be a Christian.
The most unique and most powerful way for this to be seen is, by our “love for one another.” How mind boggling is this that Jesus Christ desires to be connected with us in the one way we are all “wired” for, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus wants us known by the kind of love that can make radical transformation in a life no matter how distanced a person may appear to be.
The common denominator as a Christian is our distinguishing marker, by our love…”for one another .” Can we honestly say we love all our church family the way Jesus loves us, unconditionally? What are the characteristics of this kind of love? By our patience with each other, by our kindness.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 defines this kind of love.
“Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonest others, it is not self-seeking, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails….”
“By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”