So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:13
When Jesus defined how we would be identified as His followers, he did not refer to our correct doctrine even though doctrine is important. He did not describe the Christian life according to a a biblical moral worldview, even though a life of holiness should be pursued. Instead, Jesus used this sentence to describe His followers:
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
We live in a world where hate is often expressed in any number of ways and over the last few years, it appears that those whose lives are marked by hate are growing in number. What an opportunity we have to be light in the world around us, loving each other and the truth of the Gospel.
If we consider Jesus’ words they will have an impact on our outlook on our lives. Doctrines and morality will never suffer when we are focused on loving God with all our heart, mind and soul and when we love our neighbors as ourselves.