"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
Too often we Christians are known for what we're against, rather than what we're for. Boycotts & protests. Rallies at the Capital against Same-Sex Marriage. Picketing in front of Abortion Clinics. There's no lack of this kind of negative exposure that we Christians have brought upon ourselves. Often we say we're doing it to uphold Scripture. To be faithful to God's word. Yet too often it's all done without a trace of love.
That's too bad. Jesus counseled otherwise. In John's gospel, he prepped the disciples one last time. "I'm giving you a NEW commandment: love one another!" Not just to fellow Christians, either. To everyone! "That's how they'll know you're my disciples - if you love one another!"
Wow. What would it take for the rest of the world to automatically equate Christians with "loving others"? It doesn't matter what church, denomination, location or pastor... but that all Christians everywhere would be known as "those people who really & truly love others"?!?
That's a world I'd want to be a part of! That's the Kingdom of God. Let's make it happen!