The Key to God’s Redemptive Mission-John 17:21

We might assume that during Jesus’ prayer before His crucifixion, He would have prayed that His disciples would have courage, or would remain faithful, or would remember what they had been taught. Yet He asked that His followers would remain united in their love for one another. Jesus understood that it is spiritually impossible to love God but not love others. A test of your love for God is to examine your love for others. Our tendency is to say, “Heavenly Father, the problem is not between You and me. I love you with all my heart. I just don’t love my brother. Your life will not convince those around you of the reality of Jesus if you cannot live in unity with your fellow Christians.