Devo Day 26: Love as God Loved

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:12-13

Read John 13:34-35. Sometimes being loving is more important than being right. We live in a time when some people see the term “Christian” as a bad word. Did you know that when people were first called Christians in the Bible it was intended to be a negative thing? Jesus didn’t refer to his followers as Christians, he referred to them as “disciples.” The word Christian can mean a lot of different things, but the term “disciple” is very narrow. It means that you follow Jesus. And if we follow Jesus, we are to be loving at all times. That is what should distinguish us from other people.

Do the Christians you know act loving? Do you grant grace to people who don’t believe like you do? Do you go out of your way to make other people feel accepted? Jesus was in the habit of making himself known to the people that were considered lowly in his society. Sometimes we forget that.
The Bible teaches us to carefully choose our friends and not hang out regularly with people who might corrupt our character. However, that doesn’t mean to live in a bubble and cut ourselves completely off from the rest of the world. We must be the light that points other people to Jesus that don’t know him. Do your best to love others well. God will do the rest.