They'll Know We Are Christians

“As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will soon give glory to the Son. Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:31-35

The well-known hymn, “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love,” was based on this passage of Scripture. Peter Scholtes, a parish priest, was leading a youth choir out of the Church basement at St. Brendan’s on the South Side of Chicago in 1966 when he penned the words and music to this song.

Fr. Scholtes was looking for an appropriate song for a series of ecumenical, interracial events. When he found none, he wrote this song in one day. Clearly, it was a divine appointment.

You have a divine appointment, too. This appointment takes place each and every day of your life and mine. It is an appointment, as the Scripture above tells us, to share the love of Jesus with each and every person we meet. It is how we prove that we are followers of Christ.

We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord,
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

When people look at your life, do they know that you are a follower of Christ? Do they know that you’re a Christian? May your loving actions speak so loudly that others have no doubt that you are a Christian today.


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