- What is undeniable evidence of a genuine relationship with Jesus?
- How can we know that a person belongs to Christ?
Jesus said our love for one another is evidence that we belong to him. In His words…
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
John wrote that our obedience to all that Jesus commanded is evidence that we know him.
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”\1 John 2:3-4
Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important. He answered, “The most important one is this: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
We are commanded to love God supremely and love others selflessly.
Jesus said, “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me (Matthew 10:37).” Our love for Jesus should far exceed even the love we have for family.
More Than a Feeling
In our culture, we speak of love in terms of emotion. Biblically, however, the characteristics of love go far beyond the feelings we experience.
Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast. It is not proud and does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking or easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres1 Corinthians 13:4-7
- Is this a description of your relationship with others?
- Can people see that you belong to Jesus because they see the genuine love you have for others?
Are You Guilty?
Christians face intense persecution around the world. In some predominantly Muslim countries, it is illegal to convert to Christianity. When someone is accused of converting they face a formal trial and are executed if found guilty.
If we were arrested for being Christians would the evidence be sufficient to result in a conviction?
Asked another way…