Monday, February 13, 2017

By Our Love

Around 8 years ago, a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to a schoolboy was sold to a collector for $60,000. Here's the story: When Lincoln was running for president in 1860, journalist James Patten interviewed him. Patten took his eight-year-old son George along. But later, when George told his classmates he had met Lincoln, they didn't believe him and they mocked him. The teacher finally wrote the president, and Lincoln responded: "Whom it may concern: I did see and talk with Master George Evans Patten, last May, at Springfield, Illinois. Respectfully, A. Lincoln." The boy had evidence he could show to anybody who doubted him, and that settled the matter.

In Exodus 3 and 4, Moses experienced a much bigger meeting, with God Himself. But Moses anticipated that the Hebrews might not believe him, and he said, "But what if they will not believe me or listen to me; what if they say, 'The Lord never appeared to you'" (4:1). So God gave Moses some miraculous signs to convince anyone who was doubtful.

Those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior have also had a meeting with God. But what do we have as evidence that we can show the world? Jesus told His disciples, "So now I am giving you a new commandment: love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." (John 13:34-35).

How else will people know that we're really disciples of Jesus Christ? By the bumper sticker on your truck? The Christian slogan on your t-shirt? The big Bible you carry? The cross necklace you wear? You know what? If you wear a cross without having love in their heart, you dishonor the cross!

You could say, "They'll know I'm a Christian because of my dizzying intellect, and my knowledge of theology and apologetics." But you have heard it said, people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. They want to know that you love. That's the mark of being a Christian. Simply put, the more spiritual you are, the more loving you are.

So love is the dividing line. And it's not even love for the world that Jesus speaks of. He says if we can just love each other, that'll be enough for the world to understand. Isn't that amazing?

"If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. (1 John 3:14a). People may hear that you are His disciple, but they will know it when you love.


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