Friday, July 6, 2018

Love One Another

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

I love modern technology, but it can make for some uncomfortable situations. Like the man and woman sitting in an office lunchroom together. The man, out of the blue, proclaimed his love to her. She was taken aback, but responded that she had felt the same way. But when the man turned his head toward her, she could see that he was talking to someone else via an earpiece. His passionate outburst wasn’t meant for her at all. OOPS!

While that is a case of mistaken love, there must be no mistake in our love for each other (brothers and sisters in Christ), just as Paul told the Corinthian Christ followers in his first letter to them, chapter 13. Of course, we are not talking about romantic love here. Rather, it’s the love of God in us, which leads to unity.

The love we are to have for each other is the same agape love that is used in the New Testament to describe God’s love for us — the love that He lavishes on us faithfully, abundantly, and sacrificially.

Brothers and sisters in Christ are not merely acquaintances to be greeted politely. They are just that, brothers and sisters whom we are called to love patiently, kindly, and without keeping a record of wrongs they have done [1 Corinthians 13.5].

By the way, loving one another this way is an expression of our love for God [1 John 4.20-21].

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13.4-8a

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