The litmus test in chemistry reveals the general acidity of a substance. In the political arena, judiciary apply a litmus test to determine whether a certain nominee should receive their vote. According to Jesus, the straightforward litmus test that validates or contradicts the authenticity of our faith in him is profoundly simple—love one another.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:31-35 | ESV)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. (John 15:12-17 | ESV)
“Love is the most durable power in the world” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
“People who love each other truly and fully are the happiest people in the world. They may have little, they may have nothing, but they are happy people. Everything depends on how we love one another” (Mother Te