I posted the song yesterday and last Tuesday because I have been thinking a lot about what it means to love as brothers and sisters in Christ. As Christians, we must learn how to love like Christ because we want the world to know Christ. Jesus tells his disciples, "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" (John 13:34-35). Without really looking at this passage closely we can neglect what it is saying. At quick glance we can think this passage is speaking of loving everyone. We know from Scripture that as Christians we are to love our neighbor as ourselves because we have been shown the love of Christ. But here Jesus is telling his disciples to love each other. Not only is he telling them to love one another but he says "all people will know that you are my disciples" if you love one another.
I know there are many passages about love in the Bible but I believe this one in John 13 is of great help to Christians. While loving our fellow brothers and sisters we are able to show the world a love they know nothing about because the blood of Christ is our unbreakable bond. I fear the problem is we have so distorted this command because of our lack of love for one another. When the world sees arguing and quarreling and dissension rather than unity in the family of God our light can flicker out. But when our love for one another is shining bright for the world to see, Jesus says they will know we are his disciples. When our light is shining they see the difference which in turn gives us the opportunity to preach the message of Christ crucified.
Grace upon grace,