These days as we live through this pandemic, what should make us different from the world is our “love for God” and our “love for our neighbor” It is hard to fight this desire to get back to our “old ways of life,” but what is more important is how I display my love for those who are around me. Masks, and social distancing is an example of a way we can demonstrate to our neighbors that we love them. Love is not built on what I want, but rather what is better for my neighbor. Francis Shaeffer in his book, The Mark of the Christian, writes: “The church is to be a living church in a dying culture… in the midst of the world, in the midst of our present dying culture, Jesus is giving a right to the world. Upon his authority he gives the world the right to judge whether you and I are born-again Christians on the basis of our observable love toward others.” Love like this is impossible without the transforming power of the New covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34). While Jesus’ command in John 13:34-35 is not a new command from the standpoint that it was not ever mentioned before, It is new based on the reality that we now have an example of how to love. The effect of loving in this way is that the world will know that we belong to Christ by the way we live our lives before them.