“May our love inspire others to seek the source.” Unknown.
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 NIV
If you look up the word “love” in the concordance in my Bible the references listed for that word take up over one page. This doesn’t include the references for other forms of the word like loved, loving, etc. Just from that fact alone I’m pretty sure the idea of love is fairly important in God’s Word! The idea of loving others was a recurring theme throughout Jesus’ ministry. It was a mark of Christians (followers of Christ) and was taught not only with words but by example.
The church is going through a time right now where we are being accused of not being loving people. Let’s be honest, some of that is deserved. I’m not talking about the way that some who wear the label Christian treat those who are outside of Christ’s body. No, what I’m referring to is the way that we treat each other. If we want people to follow Christ, then before we show them Christ’s love we need to show it to each other first. I’m having to be really careful here because I don’t have the room to get on the soapbox I want to.
Let’s put it this way. People who are curious about God want to know what his people are like. They want to know what makes us tick. I think part of it is found in verse prior to what is at the beginning. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
The way we treat each other either points people toward God or drives them away from him. In a family, there will be disagreements. We may see points in scripture slightly different. That doesn’t mean we have to be hateful to each other. Love God and love each other. May we point people towards God.