34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
The simplest way to determine whether communities of believers are truly disciples of Jesus, and if they are making disciples, is if they truly love one another. It should be apparent in their words and actions towards one another. It strikes me as odd then when I visit or see a “Christian” community that does not actively display love in its various forms. (ie. friendship, patience, kindness, giving, caring, no wrong doing, etc.) I cannot say with 100% certainty but it is likely these communities are not creating disciples, or making disciples of all nations as the Lord has commanded. If churches want to be Christian communities that are fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus, then we ought to hold fast this new commandment of the Lord: Love one another, because what is at the core of a true disciple of Jesus is genuine agape love for each other.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Invite the Holy Spirit to still you, fill you, and restore you. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”