(St.John13:34-35KJV) says “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciple, if ye have love one to another.”
The number one sign of a disciple is love. A disciple of Christ must love unconditionally; meaning we must love whether we are liked or not, whether it’s my family, friends or an enemy. We must love them as Jesus loved us. However, for many Christians, this is where we fall short in our discipleship is love. As Disciples of Christ we must become love; we have to follow the example of the Father. God loved us so much that He gave his only begotten son for the sins of humanity; which in and of itself was impressive. However, what was even more impressive was the Son’s willingness to die for wicked humanity. Thus, the Father and the Son proved their love for us by what they were willing to give, which was everything. Thus, the good news is God didn’t ask us to physically give up our life; however, He is expecting us to give of ourselves; he expects us to give our time, energies, efforts, money and our whole heart. He expects us to love our fellowman. Finally, in (Matt 5:44) Jesus says “But I say unto you love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.” I think that says it all.
God Bless You.