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How do You KNOW if You Believe?

How do you know if you “believe”?

I’ve been contemplating this question for quite some time. Throughout my life and ministry, I have noticed that so many Christians “believe” in a different kind of Christ. In other words, they believe different things about Jesus (and about God.)

Then, in my reflection reading for today, I was reminded of Jesus’ words around the table during the Last Supper:

– “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.” (John 13:34)
– “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do…” (John 14:12)
– “If you love me, you will keep my commandments…” (John 14:15)
– “They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father…” (John 14:21)

It seems to me that belief in Jesus is somehow bound up in love and in doing the kinds of things Jesus did (which, as best as I can tell, had to do with loving people.) I know, there’s also Jesus’ words about keeping Jesus’ commandments, but Jesus’ commandments (to me anyway) seem to be few and easy to summarize: love God and love other people.

So…here’s my question for today: based on these (and other) words of Jesus: how do you know if you “believe”? – Pastor Brad