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This I Believe: Love is Our Proof

This I Believe: Love is Our Proof


Friday, January 29, 2016

John 13:35

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.


I am a member of a sorority and if I walk into a room of African American women wearing red and white and making a specific noise with my voice, all of the women would identify me as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  They would know me by my dress and my behavior.  If you wear the insignia of a favorite sports or collegiate team, people who see you will know whom you follow and whom you support.


Jesus does not have specific colors or a particular vocalized call and, sometimes, those who wear a cross do so as jewelry and not as a sign of Christian faith.  However, there is a sign, an act, that should mark those who follow Emmanuel.  It is the act of love.  And here is where it gets sticky. The act of love must be for those who love you back, those who are your enemies and those whom you have yet to meet.

And they will know you are my disciples if you love one another.  This I believe, God’s ethical basis for all things is love.  May we live within and for this ethic, now and always.