“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
It’s the defining feature of the Christ-follower. Or at least it should be. But we’ve gotten caught up in debates over every little detail of our doctrines. Or we’ve turned Christianity into a closed-off community of “Churchianity.”
We’ve forgotten what it means to love. Yet it’s the very thing that sets us apart from everyone else. It’s the very thing that sets us apart to Jesus.
Jesus came to earth to show us something new, something earth-shattering, something so devastating to prevailing wisdom of how the world works.
He came to show us true love.
The overwhelming love that unified the Trinity was on its way to humanity.
Jesus told his followers once that there is no love greater than the kind that would sacrifice his life for others.
Christians are often misled to believe that the most powerful sermons come from the pulpit. They’ve missed the point. The greatest sermons come from a life given over to others in sacrificial love.
Jesus came to show us that kind of love.
He came to be that kind of love.
Christ is love. . . Are we?
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
~1 John 4.7-8 (NLT)