“You are my followers if you love each other.” Jn 13:35 NCV
Before Andrew Jackson became president of the United States he was a general in the Tennessee Militia. During the War of 1812, his troops were fighting and bickering among themselves so he called them together and said, “Gentlemen, let’s remember the enemy is over there!” We’d all do well to remember that. It’s easy to love God because of everything He’s done for us; it’s harder when it comes to loving those we have to live with. A respected Bible teacher says: “If there’s anything that would keep me away from Christ if I was lost…it would be the attitude of Christians towards one another…When I was a kid and an argument broke out…my dad used to say, ‘We may have a few differences inside these walls, but remember, we’re family. If your brother or sister needs you…take care of them…love them…and pull for them.’ Everything we need to know…can be found in these two verses, ‘Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself…look out…for the interests of others’ (Php 2:3-4 NAS)…In other words, think about the other person …Don’t be selfish. Sounds like something a teacher might say to a roomful of kindergartners…yet how many adult problems could be solved if that was the driving force in our relationships?…How many couples could reconcile their marital differences?” Jesus said, “People will know…you are my followers if you love each other.” In the hours before He died He was still praying for us to “become one heart and mind” (Jn 17:21 TM).
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