In John chapter 15, Jesus says to his disciples, “Remain in my love and your joy will overflow. Love one another in the same way I have loved you, and you will produce lasting fruit…This is my command: Love each other.”
In John chapter 13, Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Our greatest witness as Christians is when we love. “They will know we are Christians by our love.” We need to hear it from others that we are loved, and others need to hear us say that they are loved. What are we doing to say that we love those who are not just our friend, but even loving strangers, co-workers, other kids at school, even our enemies…Do people know that we are disciples by how we love?
Evangeline Booth, the daughter of the found of the Salvation Army, sat in a squalid slum one day cleaning the sores of a drunk woman.
“I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars, ” said a friend.
“Niether would I,” replied Evangeline.
As Christians it should be our ultimate goal to have an habitual love for God and neighbor.
Hope to see you all in worship tomorrow as we partake in communion with one another and learn more about this gift of love.