Love . . . So They Will Know
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 NAS
Thoughts for Today
Today's world can be a frightening and depressing place. Morals declining. Economies struggling - and toppling. Terrorism striking around the globe. The number of people suffering from stress and depression grows . . . and grows.
There is only one answer: Jesus. Jesus and his love. As Christians, we can help one another through these difficult times by loving one another. And that love can speak volumes to the world about their only hope for salvation. In today's scripture, Jesus says they will know we are Christians by our love for one another.
But do they? Do they see us demonstrating the kind of love Jesus shows to us?
Consider this …
These words are found among Christ's final instructions to his disciples. He made it clear he wasn't giving a casual suggestion. "A new commandment I give to you."
What is so unique about the love of Christians that Jesus could say, "All men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." What kinds of things should we be doing in showing Christian love and brotherly kindness that grab the attention of those outside the faith?
This week we will be looking at a few of those things. Ask God to show you specific ways you can better encourage fellow believers. Ways that will help them . . . and grab the attention of unbelievers.
Father, thank you for the unconditional love you show me in so many ways. Help me to more freely show that same kind of love to those around me. Help me to love others so unbelievers will notice . . . and will want to know the One who plants that love in me. In Jesus' name . . .
These thoughts were drawn from …
Understanding Depression: Overcoming Despair through Christ by Donald G. Miles, Ed.D. This study deals with depression, a condition common throughout the world, and is suggested for use in support groups and Christian counseling.
- Understanding what depression is and how it affects relationships
- Understanding the relationship between depression and spiritual warfare
- Ways to fight depression with scripture, prayer and mutual support
- Understanding the special prayer needs of depressed persons
- How to pray for healing and what to expect
- Serves as a powerful evangelistic tool by providing a way to minister to people's felt needs and then lead them to Christ
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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