Love others so completely that people presume you are a follower of Christ.
We are surrounded by hate. Look any direction and you’ll find anger, resentment, and bitterness. Don’t be that person.
Spend a few minutes on any social media platform and you’ll find judgment, condemnation, and vitriol. Don’t be that person.
A failure to love others betrays a claim to belong to Jesus. Don’t be that person.
Love others so completely that people conclude you are a follower of Jesus.
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 13:24-35 NIV
Your relationship with Jesus is not confirmed in baptism, in weekly worship attendance, or even through daily time in Scripture. Your love for one another is the confirmation.
We must not limit our love to those with whom we find agreement. It is easy to love people who love you. Loving all people, even those who hurt or offend, is the mark of discipleship.
Jesus said, “ If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” Matthew 5:46-47 NIV
Jesus loves people whose lives are completely messed up. Jesus even loved the people who sought to kill him. Jesus challenges us to love others as he loves us.