34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35
It is the love of Christ in our lives that demonstrates to the world that we are truly disciples of Jesus Christ. The greatest outward sign that someone is a mature follower of Jesus Christ is someone who walks in His unconditional love. We live in a world filled with broken people and it is very easy to become offended by people and even become sick of them.
But when the Lord lives within our hearts the only choice we have is to love other people. The more we grow in Christ the more we become like Him. The more we grow in Christ the more the fruit of the Holy Spirit grows in our lives. Jesus said that in the last days the love of most would grow cold. This is simply a result of sin increasing in the hearts of people which hardens the human heart to the Lord.
But it is the love of Christ at work in our lives that will be the greatest testimony of being a follower of Jesus Christ. The love of Christ is unconditional. It is eternal and unchanging. So called love that is found in the world is very fickle and changes quickly. But when someone is truly filled with the love of Christ they will walk in love in all situations. It doesn’t matter what others have done to us we will simply love them because the Lord lives in our hearts and fills our lives. May we open wide our hearts to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.