And this is not just a world teaching. John always ties the command to love one another back to the life modeled by Jesus Christ.
The last few weeks I’ve been talking about loving one another, especially our Christian brothers and sisters.
But how important is that really? Let’s see what the apostle John says about it:
We are commanded by Jesus and the apostles to love one another. Hating one another is a sin. But the apostle John says it like this:
1 John 2:3-6 NIV
“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
Article re-printed with permission from Changing the Face of Christianity.
You’ve heard the phrase. You may have even seen it on a billboard: WWJD – “What Would Jesus Do”.
It’s a great way of saying, “I don’t know what I should do in this situation…but no matter, I should do what Jesus would do…so WWJD.”
So, we see a car stranded. Or we see a person in need. Or we have a conflict with a friend or family member. And we ask WWJD.
It’s great advice. Jesus is our role model…and it IS HE that we should emulate.
How many of us acknowledge what Jesus would do…but then don’t do it? It’s a BIG reason why non-Christians look at Christians and label us hypocrites.
We must not SAY one thing (talk the talk) and then NOT do it (not walking the walk).
So, I propose a NEW catch phrase: WIDWJWD – “Will I Do What Jesus Would Do?”
1 John 3:18 says “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
To be a true disciple of Jesus Christ, we must take action. Until we do this consistently, outsiders will continue to look at us as all talk, and no action.
So in the coming weeks, start asking yourself: WIDWJWD! And let me know how it works out.
To learn more about how you can LIVE your faith and walk the walk, visit Changing the Face of Christianity.