“Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35
I read this verse this morning and asked myself, “are others receiving strong love from me?”
When I talk with people, when I care for my children, and when I formulate responses do I demonstrate “strong love”? You know, the kind that points others to Jesus? I want to answer yes, friends, but sometimes, it’s just not the case. This simple reminder was like a breath of fresh Fall air this morning.
Just before Jesus said these words to his disciples, he had served them…all of them, even the one who would soon betray him and hand him over to the authorities to be crucified. Can you imagine the betrayal that must have been? When he knew what was coming, his response was still to serve and love them.
I think we often prove to the world that we’ll be kind as long as you don’t press us. If you threaten to take a right away from us or do something we don’t like, instead of responding with strong love, we respond with hate. It’s just not what Jesus taught us.
My encouragement today is simple: When you’re pressed or treated unfairly, ask God to help you to respond with strong love. It’s then, that they will see a difference and know that you are one of HIS disciples.