Put Down Your Cymbals and Pick Up Love

Put Down Your Cymbals and Pick Up Love

Jesus said,

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. (John 13:34-35)  

Jesus also said,

Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. (John 14:23-24)

People will say, “It’s hard to love unlovable people!” That is precisely why Jesus issued the command! 

Jesus said love for others is the evidence of a relationship with him. I’ve known many who claim to walk with Jesus while clearly disliking others, bringing their claim of a relationship with Jesus into question. 

  • I have witnessed blatant racism among those who claim to follow Jesus. 
  • I know people who refuse to speak to others within the church. 
  • I have encountered angry rebukes among self-designated leaders of the church.

The sad part is…

I recently witnessed truly inspiring graciousness among people who disagreed with one another. They were kind, loving, supportive, compassionate, and empathetic. Sadly, these people were not followers of Jesus.

I wondered, “How can such people surpass so many who profess personal faith in Jesus?” I can only conclude that many among us do not love Jesus even though they say they do.

Paul wrote

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (I Corinthians 13:1).

The love we have for one another is the standard by which our love for Jesus is measured. 

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