I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
I was once invited by this charismatic community located at a small village in Porac, Pampanga to give a talk in their prayer meeting. Their leader was part of the campus maintenance group when I was teaching electrical engineering courses at Holy Angel University. The setting was a small chapel that had a loud speaker installed at the rooftop of the chapel which is a usual set-up for a not so large village having that size of chapel in the Philippines or maybe in our province. So, I gave a talk with the mercy and grace of God. I thought it was good and powerful.
Why? Well, the day after, one of my students approached me and told me she heard me speak about God. And she was not in the prayer meeting. She was at home in that village and she got to listen to everything through that loud speaker. Though she was not there, she heard. Though she was not present, she was informed.
Jesus commanded us to love one another. To love one another as He has loved us. He assures that when we love this way, His way, all will know we are His disciples. People will recognize we follow him when we love. People will know we are stepping on His tracks when we love. People will know we are tip toeing on His footprints when we love. No talk. No preaching. No teaching. No mouth doing repetitive close-open. No shouting or screaming. No invitations to a struggling not-so-holy preacher. But silent actions. Silent actions of love. A shoulder to cry on. Making ourselves less so we can make others be more. Listening to a sister or a brother with a concern. Helping a person who has no one by their side. Putting shelter on someone’s head. Inserting bread on someone’s pocket. Cheering encouragement to a discouraged heart. Sharing time to the pressured. And this is powerful.
For all will know. For love will be that loud speaker on that chapel rooftop. For silent actions of love are loud. Even when they are not there, they will hear. Even when they are not present, they will be informed.
Keep that loud speaker on the rooftop. Keep loving one another.