Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Simple enough right?
John 13:35 "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
When I say the word 'Christian' what are the first words that come to your mind? Let me take a guess... Hateful, judgmental, close-minded, hypocritical, the list goes on... But according to this verse above from the lips of Jesus, the world will be able to tell that we're Christians because of our LOVE.
“ Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ”
Many of my unbelieving friends say it like this. Christians are very outspoken about what we hate, rather than what we love. It's a tough pill to swallow, but it's true. I'm hoping that the general opinion of Christianity is soon to turn towards us being a people of LOVE. Loving people regardless of WHO they are or WHAT they're going through.
Known By Love
Some of Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples were to love one another. This, He told them, is how the world would know they belonged to Him – by their love - not only for Him, but also for one another. This too, is how we know we belong to Him…by our love for one another.
To love is to be Christ-like. To love is to be Christian. But to be without love is to be nothing.
So we must love.