I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that every profession has its own unique uniform. Soldiers wear camouflage, doctors wear scrubs, lawyers wear suits, etc. The truth of the matter is that, most of the time, you can tell what someone does by their uniform. So what is the Christian’s uniform? What makes him or her unique from other people?
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
The uniform of the Christian is love. Jesus said that men will recognize us as Christians by our love towards one another. Yet He doesn’t simply ask us to love each other: He commands us to!
“This is my commandment, that ye love one another…” (John 15:12)
It’s not an option; it’s not a suggestion; it’s a commandment repeated over and over in the Bible, placed on the same level as loving God!
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God…and…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)
The only way we can show our love for God is to show love for other. But our words must match our deeds, for the world quickly recognizes hypocrites.
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (1 John 4:20)
Unfortunately, many are turned from the gospel when they see loveless, judgmental Christians. It is our responsibility as Christians to show love, even as God loved us.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you …” (John 13:34)
How did God love us?
” …God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“…God commendeth (proved) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Do you love people that much? My guess is that you probably don’t. That is why we have to constantly work at it. The secret is in John 3:30.
“He (Christ) must increase, but I must decrease.”
If you don’t think of yourself, but of Christ, you will find it a whole lot easier to love people. The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s selfishness. When you become selfless, then and only then can you truly demonstrate the love of God. However, God promises a great reward for those that love Him, and thus others.
“…He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)
I can think of no greater reward than to have God reveal Himself to me. Can you? Let me challenge you to consciously think about loving people this week. It will amaze you how little things you do matter so much! This Biblical concept of love can actually change your life- but in a good way. I challenge you to try it.