John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Loving people is a characteristic of Christians who are serious followers of Christ.  The word love used by Jesus in our text is agape, the strongest expression of love that I know.  It means to love someone practically and sacrificially, regardless of how who they respond to you.  It means to give to someone without expecting any return.  Coincidentally, love is part of the Fruit of the Spirit referenced in Galatians 5, which means loving others gives evidence we are under the influence of the Holy Spirit. 

Consider this: The people who are the most difficult to love are the ones who need it the most.  You don’t need a pulpit to impact your community, you just need to love others.