“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this [expression of love] everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
The most visible proof that Jesus is real and the ‘proof’ that I am – that we are – following Jesus is revealed by the answer to this one question: how we love one another.
It is not about how well I love the pretty, the well off, the ones just like me, or even how well I love the poor and wounded.
I believe the “calling card” for our faith is revealed by how well we love everyone.
The litmus test of my intimacy with God and the integrity of my friendship with God is shown to be abundant or lacking based on one proof: how well am I giving and receiving Divine Love.
So, on this journey, I ask myself daily, “am I allowing God’s love to flow into me and through me out into the world?”
The answer to that Question is my spiritual litmus test.