During His last night with His disciples, Jesus gave this three-fold command. He tells them “to love one another” three times. Our Lord was clearly trying to make a point.
First, Jesus gives the command to love one another. Then, He refines this by telling them to love one another as He has loved them. This is staggering considering that He was about to head to the cross. Finally, Jesus says that if they love one another as He has loved them, then all people will know that they are His disciples.
This is extremely important for evangelism. Jesus makes it clear that our love for one another will cause others to know that we follow Him. This, then, will open up a door to share the Gospel message. If people see that we are different (because we are followers of Christ), then they may be interested in why we believe and live differently than the world does.
I’ve discussed this issue before. Scripture tells us that “the world” should be able to recognize our love (“All people will know that you are my disciples…“) and our unity (“John 17 and Unity…“). (As a side note, I think this says something about the connection between love and unity.)
Eric concludes that our proclamation of the gospel in words must be accompanied by our proclamation of the gospel in deeds:
So, how can the world see the Gospel in me? It is simple really – by loving others. When I use the word “love” here, I am not employing the modern American meaning of some sort of warm feeling. Rather, in the bible, love is clearly an action that shows itself in service toward others. That said, I can cause others to see the Gospel in me by showing love through serving them.
Are people hearing your proclamation of the gospel? Are they seeing your proclamation of the gospel?