Where love is absent, Christian faith is absent. That rather simple assertion is based on numerous texts of Scripture. For instance, Jesus declares “”By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn. 13:35)”

Jesus simply could not have been more clear: the marker, the indicator, the demonstrative proof of authentic Christian faith is love for the brethren. It only stands to reason, then, to understand that where love is absent, so is Christian faith.

Given that that is true, it seems that many Christian folk are in serious need of examining their standing with Christ. If they really were his disciples, his followers, they would love. But the absence of love in their lives, the absence of compassion, the absence of concern, the absence of outreach, prayer, and concrete demonstrations of love show them, and all those around them, that they really don’t know Christ at all.

Isn’t the topic of one’s personal relationship with Christ the most important in one’s life and isn’t it true that it’s a subject worthy of serious self-reflection? If so, isn’t it worth asking ourselves (because we can’t ask for anyone else) if we don’t love like we should, do we even know him? Do we really want to hear, on judgment day, ‘depart from me, workers of iniquity, into the lake of fire prepared for the Devil and his angels, because I never knew you!’

If love isn’t a real part of your life, maybe it’s time to look yourself in the mirror and take a good look at who you really are. I suspect a lot of ‘church goers’ will be very surprised on judgment day when they are excluded from the Kingdom of Heaven. Don’t let yourself be one of them. Love. It’s the only true proof of faith.