So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Of all of the fruits of the Spirit, Scripture tells us that the greatest of these is love. Love is important—no, important doesn’t stress it enough. Love is vital. So vital, in fact, that the most prominent characteristic of God shown throughout Scripture is this love.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:7-11
In 1 John 4:7, we are told to love one another. If we have been born of God, if we are truly saved by grace and seek to follow Christ, then loving one another should be one of our main goals; God’s glory expands exponentially when we accept His attributes and allow them to flow through us. In the next verse, God is defined as being love. God is love.
It’s amazing to even think about the fact that God is love. He can be anything, yet He chose to love us. And this love is so extensive that, even after we rebelled with the very breath of life He bestowed on us, He longed to redeem us. So what did He do? He sent His only Son to be tortured and murdered, just so we could have that life again.
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Now, our life is found in and through Christ, the Son of God. Why do we have this privilege? Because God is love. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35
A commandment from Jesus Christ—the Lord of Lords, Son of the Living God. This commandment is simple, yet profound: love one another. Why? Because this is how people will see us as disciples of Christ. We are called to shine, called to live a life following Christ, imitating Him. One of the oldest sayings that has always held true is this, “actions speak louder than words.” We should not merely claim to be followers of Christ, no, we should live a live of the love Christ lived. This love that changed the world.
Where are we, Christians? Living a life of comfort and hiding while the darkness swarms around us. Living a peaceful life in the midst of the war for the very souls of the people we claim to care about. God is real, and as real as God is, so is the Enemy. This enemy will not be defeated by anything other than love, for God is love. Through this love, through our God, we will be known, and we can claim the victory that Jesus has already won.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
How Will They Know We Are Christians? By Our Love.