“…you are my followers if you love each other.” (John 13:35)
When Andrew Jackson was a general in the Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812 his troops were fighting and bickering among themselves so he called them together and said, ‘Gentlemen, let’s remember the enemy is over there!’ We’d all do well to remember just that. It’s easy to love God; it’s harder when it comes to loving those we have to live with.
Someone once said: ‘If there’s anything that would keep me away from Christ if I was lost it would be the attitude of Christians towards one another.
Everything we need to know about living with one another can be found in these two verses, ‘Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself…look out…for the interests of others’ (Philippians 2:3-4 NAS)
Sounds like something a teacher might say to a roomful of nursery children. Adult problems could be solved if that was the driving force in our relationships.
How many couples could reconcile their marital differences if they applied what Jesus said, ‘People will know…you are my followers if you love each other.’ (John 17:21).