-by Tim Bias
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” John 13:34-35
To daily live in thought, word, and deed the love of God made known in Jesus Christ is the mark of true discipleship.
It is also the strength of vital congregations, the goal of spiritual formation, the hope for which we live. The love of God made known in Jesus Christ can be embodied today through your actions, your words, and your thoughts.
Modern day prophets, like Martin Luther King, Jr. remind us of these truths. He writes in A Testament of Hope, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Where do we find the courage and desire to love each other?
Our hope is in Jesus who gives us the ability to love each other as he loves us. It is by loving one another that we show the world that we belong to Jesus. Our courage to love comes from our willingness to engage in a life-changing relationship with Jesus.
May your thoughts, words, and actions bear the mark of true discipleship.
How? Love each other.
Prayer for Today
O God, show the world your love through me. Amen.