Jesus said it is by our love for each other that the world will know that we are his disciples (John 13:35). Jesus also said it is by our unity with each other, and with him, and with his father, that the world will know his father sent him. (John 17:21).
Right now, we Christians are not showing ourselves to the world as great examples of love or unity. And we can’t blame this on other Christians in other churches or other denominations. It must be partly our fault, and God expects us to do something about it.
Loving each other doesn’t mean that we have to agree with each other. We are members of one huge family and members of any family will disagree. We disagree, but we do so knowing that the people we are talking to are our sisters and brothers and this means we treat them with respect and affection. It means we encourage them. It means we listen to what they have to say. It means we humbly acknowledge that we could be wrong. We are called to an affectionate, kind, respectful and listening love.
It’s time to stop criticizing each other and start accepting, supporting and encouraging each other. It’s time to listen to each other. When we do these things, we will be an example of how God wants all his human children to live. We don’t need any new rules or organisations to do this. Each of us can start right now. Let’s pray and ask God to enable us to love our Christian sisters and brothers in a way that will convince the world that we are his disciples.
The change must start with us.
Jesus is Lord.