34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13: 34-35 KJV
When thinking about a Valentine’s Day post, I decided to talk about love for one another. After this past year, I think it would be a good idea to review what the Lord’s definition of love truly is by revisiting the Gospels and reading about His love, life, and sacrifice.
How are we to love?
In the above scripture, the Lord states, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
We find His example, “as I have loved you” in the 34th verse.
The world will know we are His disciples if we love one another as He loves us.
Not by knowledge of scripture.
Not by piety.
Not by miracles.
Not by good works.
But by our sacrificial love for one another.
I’m not saying we should turn a blind eye to wrongdoing but conduct ourselves as His children in word and action.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV
The disciples were fishers of men. If we are to win others, then we must love and forgive one another as Christ loves and forgives us. Men, women, and children must see a united people (John 17:21) filled with the gifts of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be a noisy nuisance (1 Corinthians 13:1).
May we be true disciples of Him during this month and the months to come!