“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Written by: Jesse Flocken
Imagine what it would look if the only version of Jesus people knew was through our love for one another. Would you drive differently? Would you speak differently? Would you react the same way? Think about those who know you the best and those who don’t even know your name. What would others know about Jesus if they only knew Him through the moments where you showed love to them?
That is exactly what John is writing about in these verses. We will be known as followers of Jesus by how we choose to love one another.
It seems like no matter where I am, there is no shortage of opportunities to choose love over the alternative. I’m constantly faced with the option to choose love in moments when my initial reaction might be to do the opposite. It is so easy to react quickly with my words or even an unpleasant look.
Although choosing our words is important, love is about more than that. It is a verb, and in many cases is shown through the actions we take.
Even if we have faith that moves mountains or we give all of our possessions to the poor, if we don’t have love then we are nothing more than a clashing cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13)
Thought of the day: How can you choose to love someone today through your actions?
Prayer: Jesus, help me live and love in a way that others will see You. Amen.