Elsewhere in Scripture, Jesus tells His followers, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) They’ll know we are Christians by our love. Love should be our distinguishing mark.
Love for God and our fellow man
Jesus claimed that all of the law could be summed up in two guiding principles, Love God and love others:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
Paul echos Christ’s words in his letters:
- “The entire law is fulfilled in a single decree: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:14)
- “Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love. For he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. The commandments “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and any other commandments, are summed up in this one decree: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10)
God’s love should flow through us to others
Love is so intrinsic to the Christian walk that John says it is impossible to love God and simultaneously hate your fellow man:
- “Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
- “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” (1 John 4:20)
- “But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:11)
In other words, love should be the essence of our lives as Christians. Love is not optional for us. We can’t negotiate ourselves out of that responsibility.
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