One of the greatest evidence that a person knows Christ and walks intimately with Him is their ability to love and forgive others.
In John 13:35 Jesus says, “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
How amazing that according to Jesus, the way that others would recognize His disciples would be by seeing the way that they love each other.
Unfortunately throughout history, we know that many of Jesus’ professed disciples have not been able to truly love other believers. We do not need to look very far to see division and strife, even among those inside the same denomination. Needless to say, the problem escalate even more when we observe Christians from different denominations. Criticism, judgement and condemnation are very common among Christians and it is a true indicator that they have not spent much time allowing the Holy Spirit to really transform them. Only by knowing Christ and His Word intimately, a disciple can be transformed into His image and likeness.
The good news is that there are many Christians today who have been healed and transformed and who are able to love and serve one another. I have encountered many of them and their number keeps growing! One of my Christian heroes is missionary Heidi Baker. Heidi is helping to grow an entire generation of Jesus’ lovers who are transforming the nation of Mozambique and spreading the Love of Christ all over the world. You can check Heidi’s official site by clicking here
Please do not get discouraged if you have encountered many judgmental Christians in your past. Realize that knowing Christ is a journey and you will find people in every stage of their journey of transformation with God. Remember that baby Christians will act like babies and will continue to display signs of self-centeredness and immaturity. If you are new to the faith, keep looking for mature Christians who will inspire you and help you to grow closer and closer to Jesus. Get into a good evangelical church and take advantage of all the free ressources that are available to you through your church as well as other local churches in your area.
There is no greater journey that the journey of knowing Christ! His Love will transform you and bring true freedom and purpose to your life! Do not settle for less!!!