“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John 13:34-35
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I have a good friend who was raised in California but now lives in Texas. He is a committed San Francisco 49ers fan. He has a room in his house painted in scarlet, gold and white, with all types of 49ers memorabilia on the walls. He regularly wears 49ers shirts, hats and jackets. He never misses a game. You can clearly see he is a passionate follower of the 49ers because there is ample evidence.
What is the evidence that we are passionate followers of Jesus Christ? Jesus tells us in John 13:34-35 that the evidence is our love for one another. We find the command to “love one another” more than 16 times in the Bible. There are 59 “one anothers” in the Bible and our love for one another is the foundational one.
We encourage people because we love them. We spur people on because we love them. We pray for people because we love them. To love means to sacrificially and unconditionally seek God’s best for the object of our love. When we love like this, people will recognize we are followers of Jesus Christ.
Loving one another can look like helping someone with their schoolwork, buying someone lunch, or sitting and listening to someone who has had a rough week. Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross is the ultimate picture of love.
Whom can you love today? And what can you do to demonstrate that love?
— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain
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