Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” — John 13:35 NET
There is one unfailing mark of Christian character, wherever it is found: Love is always in it. Whatever else may be or may not be in the new life of the Christian–the scarlet thread of love is always woven into the character. God is love, and the believer in Christ, is in a measure, like God. To be a Christian is to have Christ in the heart; and Christ is love. Not to have love–is not to be a Christian.
The first effect of faith in Christ–is the springing up of love in the heart of him who believes. This love does not lie hidden–but is revealed in the life. It shows itself in love for God; but there is no love for God–which does not also make the heart warm toward man. He who loves not his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
Christian love is not a mere beautiful sentiment, glowing like a radiant vision in the soul–but fading the moment we meet our brothers in actual life; it is a love that becomes the very mainspring of all action, the burning heart of all ambition. It is a love that makes us pitiful toward all human sorrow, gentle toward human infirmity, helpful toward human need, patient under human unkindness and injury, and ready at every call to do and suffer and sacrifice.
Daily Comfort - July 10
Public domain content taken from Devotional Writings by J.R. Miller.