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By DOUG EDWARDS
“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
Love is compelling when it is seen in action. When Jesus announced that he would be leaving, he gave the disciples one very simple and profound instruction: “Love one another.”
This is harder than it seems. We are prone to argue, hate, and fight and we default to selfishness and wanting to win. Love doesn’t naturally fit — but our hearts crave it — and it is the mark of a follower of Jesus.
Jesus asked his disciples to practice the love that he modeled. If they reflected the example of his love, they would stand out in a world that does not understand love.
The distinguishing mark of Jesus followers is how faith influences their daily actions: Hhow they work alongside coworkers, how they solve problems, how they speak to spouses and children, how they work out problems with church members. Jesus’ followers live differently, demonstrating love consistently toward others.
Jesus kept it simple. He taught and demonstrated that love is an action. John wrote, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18.
Since love is an action. What actions can you take to love more like Jesus? A helpful exercise may be to write down a list of ways you remember Jesus loving others. This will this help you to remember God’s love for you, and it will inspire you to be a person who loves as well.
Doug Edwards is pastor of First Baptist Church.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.