A six-year-old comes crying to his mother because his little sister pulled his hair. "Don't be angry," the mother says, "Your little sister doesn't realize that pulling hair hurts." A short while later, there's more crying, and the mother goes to investigate. This time the sister is bawling and her brother says, "She knows now."
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”” John 13:35 NKJV
We come to know things by experience. Jesus gave a new command, not to replace, but to fulfill the Commandments of the Old Testament. That new command was love, we are commanded to love one another. When we love one another, others will know that we are disciples of Jesus Christ. So, what does that imply? First it implies that we know what love even means!
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Cor. 13:4-7
When do we need this kind of love more than during the holidays? Patience, kindness, no jealousy, humility, unselfishness, long-suffering, forgiving, …and on and on love goes! This is what love is: putting others before yourself. Love is being gracious, kind though undeserved. So, we’re commanded to love each other, forgive one another. There’s nothing sweeter. But that’s not all!
The Lord tells us that if we will love, He’ll be noticed. “All will know that you are My disciples.” Too many people in our day think a Christian is an unhappy, judgmental, finger-pointing, gun toting, self-righteous, fuddy-dud or a certifiable, insane, ignorant, out-of-this-world crackpot who constantly spouts off little churchy clichés! If we’d be obedient, they’d see what a believer really is: someone that loves because they’ve been loved by the God that so loved the world that He gave His only Son that they might believe in Him and have eternal life. Love a little this Christmas!