John 13:34-35 is probably one of the passages that is the easiest to understand, yet the hardest to obey:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35 ESV)
As we were travelling over our Christmas break, I asked my family the following question: “What did people do this year that showed you that they loved you?” Margaret, Jeremy, Miranda, and I had several different responses, so I thought I would list some of them here – in no particular order.
- Someone (or some people) bought a propane tank for us, had it installed, and had it filled with propane.
- A friend of ours spent extra time with our daughter, taking Miranda to a movie and having a spend the night party with her.
- Many, many friends brought us dinner without us requesting it when we were sick.
- One friend spent alot of money and time rebuilding the engine in our van. He and another friend also changed the oil for us a few times.
There are many other ways that people demonstrated their love for us over the previous year, which means they also demonstrated that they are disciples of Jesus Christ.
Did anyone demonstrate their love for you this year? If so, then they are demonstrating that they are disciples of Christ. Do you think that during the previous year you demonstrated to other people that you are a disciple of Christ?