Love

A disciple

John 13:34-35  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

A simple truth:  You cannot be a disciple of Jesus Christ and not love other people.  Some think they can love God but not love people and this couldn’t be further from the truth.  God created people and He created them each with a purpose.  You are included in that.  You are to love those other people.

Jesus never asked His disciples to do anything that He wasn’t willing to do Himself.  He commanded that we love, but He also modeled love.  He showed love to the scum of society, the outcasts, the poor, the sinners.  The people that were rejected by society were loved by Christ.  And that’s our example to follow.  Loving the unlovely.  It’s not easy, but it’s required.  And so is loving other believers.

No subject is more talked about, sung about, portrayed in the arts, or philosophized than love.  Why?  Because God wired us for it.  He created us to love and be loved.  When we don’t have love, we’re not living the lives He intended for us.  This life only works if there’s love.  People can only know God if there is love.  It’s up to us to show it.