“By the love you have for one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.”
That’s a nice motto for a t-shirt or a bumper sticker, but it also happens to be an incredible challenge for us as Church. How often do people look at you, and see so much love, they immediately think “that is definitely a Christian.” And today, I think we might even have to take the question a step backward: is that even what people expect from Christians today?
It’s His one commandment, the law and the prophets all fulfilled, the Gospel in a word: to love. And the first question is: what does He mean by love? You’ve heard me preach that sermon before and you will again. Bottom line for now: Jesus isn’t talking about an emotion. He’s talking about willing the good of the other. Which might feel very nice, emotionally. But sometimes it feels like crucifixion.