“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 )
In my younger years I was pretty shy. (I have mostly gotten over that.) It was hard for me to introduce myself. And even now I have to take a steadying breath before I introduce myself in a large group. So when I first saw name tags that said “Hello, my name is . . . “ I thought they were the greatest thing in the world. When I get one of those name tags, I am loathe to throw them away because it seems like such a wonderful way to break the ice. No need to say your name, the tag says it for you and in such a friendly way. At an event or meeting that awkward preliminary introduction is done for you and you can move along in the conversation assuming a common interest because you are both at said meeting or event.
By implication then, loving Christ and our Lord God is that same sort of introduction. If you love your fellow person in a pure and unconditional way, you must be a disciple of Christ and therefore have a great deal in common. The awkward introduction is made for you and you can assume a kinship that makes for a safe, secure, and yes, peaceful community.
But this sort of introduction is so dependent on being a loving, care person. In order to rest assured of being known you have to show forth a caring and compassion that cannot be mistaken for anything else. To do otherwise is to misrepresent yourself and to live contrary to Christ’s example. If you profess to be a Christian but do not live up to the name tag, you are sullying the name of Christian. That is why I cannot understand how Christians can wear that name tag but not “love one another.” And if a person shows forth Christ-like love, compassion, and caring, they show the name tag even if it may not read as we expect it to.
May you gentle reader proudly wear the name tag of Christ’s disciple, and may you be greeted in love and recognition by your fellow brothers and sisters. Selah!