Love: Our Identity

This is the fourth week of Advent and our focus is love. The dictionary tells us that love is a feeling of deep affection. But God’s love is deeper; it’s a love that seeks the well being of the beloved. God’s love for us, caused Him to send His son so that He could pay the price that we were unable to pay.

Adolescence is the time where children search  to find out who they are. The dictionary tells us that identity is the distinguishing character or personality of an individual. It tells people who we are and it allows others to identify our character and those things that make us who we are.

When Jesus walked on the earth, He left His disciples with a simple statement. He said, “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.” (John 13:35 AMP) What was happening in Jesus’ life at that moment for Him to utter these words? John chapter13 begins with the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples. He knew what was about to happen and He was preparing them to live without physically walking with Him. He wanted them to have an identity that others would know that they were His disciples.

Sometimes we think that those who are out there doing great things that their works would identify them as His disciples. That would have eliminated many. But the source of our identity is so simple, anybody can do it. It requires that we have love, that unselfish concerns for one another. This was so important that in John 15:12 Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you.”  This statement took this one step further, we need to love the way Jesus loves. 

As we take the time to meditate on love this week, I pray that we observe the way in which God showed His love. God’s love caused Him to give the gift of His Son. When we have love for one another, we prove that we are children of God. Love is our identity.

Thought for Today: Friend, let love be your identity.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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