A Christian, What Does That Look LIke?

John 13:34-35 KJV “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another Jesus says. That’s what a true Christian or disciple of Christ looks like: LOVE.

1 John 4:8 NIV “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

It is impossible to know God without living in love.

1 John 4:20-21 KJV “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? [21] And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

This love goes deeper than just loving one’s brothers and sisters. It extends even to our enemies. Jesus says:

Matthew 5:43-48 NLT “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. [44] But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! [45] In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. [46] If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. [47] If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. [48] But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Being perfect; loving even our enemies, is what a true Christian looks like. A true Christian is a true follower of Jesus Christ. Remember what Jesus said about his enemies after being tortured all night long, then hung on a cross?

Luke 23:34 NLT “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

WOW!!! What love!

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NLT “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. [2] If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. [3] If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”

Yes, even if people can speak in tongues, have all special knowledge, be able to explain all mysteries, have a faith that can move mountains, sacrifice their bodies and give all they have to the poor, but have not love they are nothing God says. Jesus was once asked:

Matthew 22:36-40 NLT “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” [37] Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ [38] This is the first and greatest commandment. [39] A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [40] The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Jesus says LOVE for God first, then for our neighbors is the most important commandment. May we treat it as such. May we find this commandment to LOVE popping up more and more in our conversations with one another. May it be #1 on our hearts and minds. May we learn to not just look like true Christians but BE true Christians:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NLT “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud [5] or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. [6] It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. [7] Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. [8] Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!”

1 John 4:7-13 NIV “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. [8] Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. [9] This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. [10] This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. [11] Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. [12] No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. [13] This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.”

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