“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”

–Matthew 25:40

The verse above comes from Jesus’ parable of “The Sheep and The Goats.”

But what many people may not realize is that deep within the context of this verse resides one of the most profound Bible verses about love given by Jesus.

The summary of this parable is that we need to treat others in the same way we would Christ.

In fact, Jesus is making the point that he considers whatever we do toward other people as if we had actually done it to Him.

Love comes from God. And like God, we need to act lovingly in the same manner.

“We love because He first loved us.”

–1 John 4:20

Exemplifying Our Love for Christ

It’s easy to love God because he loved us first. But what is really challenging is to love others.

It is by the way we demonstrate love toward others that we prove our love for God and Jesus Christ.

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”

–1 John 4:20

We need to show love, compassion, and service to others – even those we do not know. Even to the lowliest of people.

“And He said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. For whoever is the least among all of you, he is the greatest.’”

–Luke 9:48

Christ says such service is a sign of being his disciple.

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.”

–Matthew 10:42

Will Those Who Never Knew Christ Have a Chance to be Saved?

Think about the people who were born before the time of Christ. How can they be saved, if they never had the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ?

Or how about people in remote areas who were never exposed to the Gospels – will they be saved? Will they go to heaven?

We know that Christ is love. And those that demonstrate Christ’s love by offering unconditional love and servitude to others are truly operating in a Christ-like manner.

Now let’s look again at today’s verse from a different perspective and answer the above question about being saved by Christ.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”

–Matthew 25:40

If we demonstrated unconditional love for others throughout our life, surely, we have the same kind of love for Christ. And God “the King” will take note.

God can search the hearts and minds of human beings and determine whether they have the kind of love that brings salvation.

Surely, they will have the opportunity to accept Christ at judgment time and be saved into heaven.

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

–Matthew 25:34