31 When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Human One has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify the Human One in himself and will glorify him immediately. 33 Little children, I’m with you for a little while longer. You will look for me—but, just as I told the Jewish leaders, I also tell you now—‘Where I’m going, you can’t come.’ 34 “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” (John 13:31-35, CEB)
This is how everyone will know you are my disciples…
When you loudly tell others they are sinning
When you tell others they are going to Hell
When you exclude people because they live differently than you
When you exclude people because they believe differently than you
When you try to make people be just like you
Nope. None of these are the way they will know. They will know we follow Jesus by our love for them.
Our love for them when they are not like us, or believe like us, or live like us, but we love than any way because that is what Jesus told us to do.
Loving People. Loving God.