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."
These days I always find these two verses SO embarrassing.
When the world thinks of Christians today, what is the word they automatically associate with us.
When the world thinks of Christians, & ultimately Jesus, do they think of us as people who love with a unique & outstanding quality?
I think not.
Want to do a very interesting & revealing google?
Type in “what does the world think about Christianity”.
Then go to all the links listed on the first page of the search.
It's very disturbing.
The world doesn't think of us as loving.
Be that as it may, you & I can change that perception, at least with the people we come in contact with.
This doesn't mean just our friends & family.
It means the cashier at the grocery,
the server at the restaurant,
the mechanic who fixes our car,
the people who live across the street from us,
the most obnoxious & annoying person (people) we know,
In short, everyone.
We may not feel or believe we can change the world,
but we can become known as a loving person if we simply love the people we run into each day.
And the ripple effect of that loving will go on forever.