“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
The crowd on the street looked at the abortion workers with hatred as they entered the clinic to do what the group outside opposed. The crowd screamed at them and called them “Murderers.” The workers were frightened by the crowd thinking violence was going to occur. “An eye for an eye!” they heard. One lady stumbled as she walked toward the building falling to the sidewalk. The crowd surrounded her and began yelling at her their similar statements of opposition. She covered her head thinking she was going to be beaten. What she felt was a warm hand on her shoulder. She looked up and saw the face of a woman who was smiling warmly at her who said, “Let me help you stand.” The woman stood up and the crowd that was standing around moved back a bit. The woman that helped her said, “You are important just as every life is important.” The clinic worker looked into her loving eyes and knew she saw Jesus.
Loving one another seems to get lost in the shuffle of living out our busy lives, making sure our rights are met and our voices heard. But what did Jesus put as a priority, a command if you will? Love one another. That is the greatest evangelistic tool we have. Jesus knew that our demonstration of love would touch the hearts of people and bring them a step closer to Him.
Prayer: Lord, I thank you for this command. It shows me that there is nothing else I can do that will please you more than loving others. I pray that I can love others like you do every chance I get. Amen.
Faith tip: Next person you come in contact with, show them the love of Jesus. Then the next person, and the next…