January 3 – Our Badge of Love

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 (ESV)

How are we going to tell whether we are a Christian or not? Not by the fact that we are a Catholic or a Protestant, or any denomination or sect; not that you subscribe to some creed that man has drawn up. We have something better than that. It is by what Christ said to His disciples⸺and therefore to us⸺ recorded in today’s promise verse. When Dwight L. Moody was first converted, he said he wished that every Christian would wear a badge, because he wanted to know them. But he got over that. “Every hypocrite could have a badge inside of thirty days, if Christianity should become popular.” No badge for outside will do; but God gives us a badge in the heart⸺love for one another. The person that hasn’t any love in his conviction may let it go to the winds; We don’t want that sort of commitment. The love we have for others is the fruit of the Spirit of God. “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.” Romans 8:9. Let us love therefore one another as Christ calls us to.

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Thanks in part to: A Living Daily Message From The Words of D. L. Moody selected by Emma Moody Fitt, Copyright, 1900, by Fleming H. Revell Company, now in public domain.

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