If you are a Christian, you have to. There are no exceptions for this.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. (1 John 5:1 ESV)
Let's take the Love Test. It is one thing to say you love every member of your church, but the Bible tells us what that will look like. Rate yourself. Do you really love your church family?
The Love Test
(Answer True or False for each question.)
- You are gladly inconvenienced and you do not react in anger when taken advantage of. You happily put up with people.
- You are actively generous with your time and stuff toward other people. You look for ways to go low and serve.
- You don’t sit around wanting what other people have and you don’t wish evil and loss on them. You pray for God to bless your friends and enemies.
- You don’t parade your accomplishments in front of other people. You’re embarrassed when anyone draws attention to you instead of the Lord
- You don’t get all puffed up over your supposed achievements. You’re glad to go unnoticed. You know who deserves the credit for any good in you.
- You are not bossy and domineering with people – you listen carefully.
- You don’t demand that things get done your way but are flexible and quick to see others points of view.
- You are not quick-tempered nor easily offended by what other people do. You brighten the room. You’re not a grump!
- You never hold a grudge. You have a terrible memory for all the ways people have failed and offended you.
- You don’t get excited about sinful things or find joy in others failures.
- You get fired up when people live according to the Bible.
- You do all you can to protect others from shame and embarrassment, even when they royally mess up. You can be trusted.
- You are not the least suspicious of people and simply always think the best of their motives - regardless of how they are acting.
- You always expect that the Christians around can live even more for God.
- You refuse to stop being an optimist when it comes to others. You just won’t stop believing in the Christians around you no matter what they do.
All I have done here is take the famous love chapter from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, and give each description of what love is its own explanation.
How did you do? Did you pass the test?