Jesus says in John 13:34-5:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
As followers of Christ, I think we are called to be known more for what we are for than what we are against. I’ve written about this before, but I think it cannot be overstated how important this is. Too much of the world knows the church for a religious, legalistic center who is against many things. That’s not what Jesus was known for. That’s not what His disciples were known for.
They preached Jesus Christ and Him crucified rather than a complete set of do’s and dont’s. The young adult group from Calvary is in New York City right now, and were able to visit Hillsong NYC on Sunday evening. While there, one thing was very clear. They did not take political or societal stances. They stood on the side of Jesus and gave an invitation for people to surrender their lives, their pride, their selfishness, and give it all to Jesus Christ.
There were homosexuals and transgenders in the crowd feeling loved enough to show up to church. And they heard the full Truth of the Word of God, that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. The tone was grace and truth. We need a Savior, His name is Jesus, and He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
How can we be known for our love for others?
The key is to love God.
Love Him first and most.
The more we love God the more we will love others. The more we love God, the more He gives us the desires of our hearts.
I think that the more we love God, the more we will love others because we will love them as God loves them.
We will see them as God sees them; we will want what is best for them, which is not always what they think is best for them but what is actually best for them.
We’ll be determined to not give up on them, but will constantly be willing and able to show grace, love, mercy and forgiveness.
If we love God and pursue Him, we will become more like Him. If we want to be known and defined by our love for others, we must first love God.
Our love for others is not blanket acceptance or approval of actions, but it is all-encompassing, truthful, grace-filled love. The same type of love that God has shown us we are called to show others.
What do you need to do today to start being known for the love of Christ that is evident in your daily actions?