Christ-Like Love

Dear Lovers,

How do people know that you are a disciple of Jesus? Do you pray before meals? Attend worship regularly? Wear a necklace or a pin with a cross on it? Carry a bible? These may be appropriate ways to express your faith. But Jesus tells his disciples that there is another crucial distinguishing mark of a true follower of Jesus: "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."(John 13:35)

Love, of course, is a universal human experience not unique to Christians. But Jesus reminds us that Christians' love reflects the profound and forgiving love that Jesus showed toward his disciples: “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." (John 13:34) The surrounding context for the words is the betrayal and denial of Jesus by two of his closest followers: Judas and Peter. Yet Jesus deeply loved both of these disciples.

Like these disciples, we also experience the forgiving love of God in Jesus Christ. Like Peter, we know that the power of the divine love begins to change us into Christ-like lovers who forgive enemies, love the unlovable, and care for those whom others may ignore. It is such love that marks the followers of Jesus.

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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