This entry is part 27 of 28 in the series Devotionals

Don’t trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar. Jesus said that you will know His disciples by the love they have for one another, not by the church they go to. 

The night before Christ died, He told His followers, “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another”
(John 13:34,35). 

Jesus gave us an example of the kind of love that we should have for each other. It’s a self-sacrificing kind of love. Christ put the needs of others ahead of His own. This is the kind of love that He wants His church to have. Christ wants those outside of His church to see self-sacrificing, brotherly love shown toward one another, with no respect of persons. This is what identifies true followers of Christ.

Love DOES NOT brag. Love DOES NOT get puffed up. Love DOES NOT boast of its talents or accomplishments. Love DOES NOT dishonor others. Love IS NOT self-seeking. Love IS NOT easily angered. Love IS patient. Love IS kind. It DOES NOT envy. Love IS NOT proud. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love DOES NOT delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13).

So, don’t be fooled. Love holds to God’s standard in His Word. You will know God’s people by the love they have one for another. You can’t go by “looks.” YOU JUST CAN’T DO IT. No one knows this better than our heavenly Father.

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