As Christians, we are all striving to become a reflection of Jesus, the perfect embodiment of love.
Jesus said that the greatest commandments are to love God and to love others (Matthew 22:37-40)
John’s Gospel says, it is our love for one another that sets us apart. That is how we show people Jesus—through audacious, exceptional love.
Love comes first; everything else comes second. As Paul goes on to say in Corinthians, if we miss out on love, we are a clanging bell, and our efforts count as nothing. When we put love first, everyone will know that we are His disciples.
Love is not a nice feeling that makes you warm and fuzzy inside. It’s about being willing to lay down yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Jesus.