August 22, 2023

Paulina De La Fuente
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34-35
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Romans 12:9-10

I want to be known as a disciple of Jesus by everyone I come in contact with. I’m guessing that’s the same for you, too. And yet, I can find myself adding different qualifiers for how I can be identified as a Christian than the one Jesus is giving here. How will they know who I follow? More than what I say or attempt to do in my own strength, they will know based on how I love. And not just how we love in general but how we love one another within the body of Christ.

Yet, how quickly frustrations or our own insecurities can cause divisions among us and hurt our testimony of Christ’s love to the outside world. Instead, the verses in Romans 12 remind me of the practical ways we can fight against the tendencies of our flesh. If we are genuine and constantly looking to outdo each other in showing honor to all, there really isn’t space for us to compare or compete. Gatherings and communities that look this way are always contagious and easy to walk into and feel safe in to all.