How Will They Know?
Jesus said: “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
At the end of the day the only thing that really matters is faith expressing itself through love. God is LOVE and LOVE is THE answer! According to Jesus the only way that people will know that we are following Him is by the love we show for each other. They will never know we are His by our “church” attendance, biblical knowledge, tithing, prosperity, sound doctrine, good looks, or public speaking ability. The one and only true mark of a sincere believer and follower of Christ is deep sincere LOVE.
Love is more powerful than any other attribute we may practice or possess. Our highest calling is to love others just as Jesus did. Jesus loved others unconditionally and so should we. Jesus loved so much that He laid down His life for everyone. If we are truly to follow His noble and great example, we will do no less.
Sharing His truth in love is rarely easy. It costs us dearly to extend this manner of love to others. Loving others places us in a vulnerable state every time we reach out beyond our personal comfort zone. The big question is are we really willing to risk sacrificing our health, wellbeing, reputation and safety in order to bring love to those who need love the most? Christ’s love will take you to the bad part of town where danger lurks around every corner. This love will take you to visit the deathly ill, the contagious and the notoriously dangerous. This love will enable you to forgive sin and hug your accuser. Finally, this love with set you and others free. Love is the reason why I chose to work among addicts and the mentally ill. Sure it was dangerous at times, but it was well worth it to be able to share real sincere love, care and concern with those brought to a place in life where they felt totally unlovable and unworthy of love, care and concern. I know no other way to say it or to live it. Truly the only safe place on earth is the location where we are fully enveloped in His Love. Wherever you encounter and share this type of love…drink of it deeply my friends. For it is the wellspring of life.
Love and …..
Kirk Out !
P.s. I slept 8 solid hours last night. Many thanks to those who are praying for me.