Jesus said, “By this love you have for one another, everyone will know you are My disciples.”
– John 13:35
“By this love you have for one another, everyone will know you are My disciples.” Will they? Will everyone, Christian or otherwise, truly recognise me as a true believer and follower of Christ because of the way I act towards them or how they see me treat others?
Do I truly love all others, and not just the ones who love me back or the ones I can benefit from? Do I snub others? Do I…discriminate against others by race and colour, religion, social or economic background? Do I engage in hurtful and harmful gossip? Do I give willingly from what I have, from my time, from myself to others? Do I have enough true love inside of me to give from it to others? Does my “charity” begin and stay at home? It is selfishness, and lack of true love which leads me to argue: “Why should I complicate my life? I have more than enough to do just looking after myself and my own problems!”
If what I have in me is true love – true Christian love – then I will know it, because I will find myself gladly sharing it with all others. If I find myself lacking in that love, then I need to humbly immerse myself in that River of Love which is Christ…and He will fill me till I willingly and lovingly overflow on to others!
O Love Personified,
O River of Love,
teach me how to love like You love.
Forgive and remove all my selfishness, Lord,
and fill me with Your love.
Teach me, Lord, how to be compassionate
and how to truly love and listen to and give to others
as You so generously do with me.