Love Each Other

Feb 21, 2024 | God's Love

“This is my command. Love each other.”
John 15:17

 

So I’m only a week later in writing about love. But we should celebrate love every day of the year, right?!

After all the second greatest commandment Jesus gave is “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31)

That one is second to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

Our LORD is all about love and teaching us to love Him first and then our neighbor. So why do we shy away from teaching about love in our churches sometimes?

Probably because we fear a sentimental, fake, sweet, and not loyal, tried-and-true love!

My husband and I discussed this last night how after so many years of marriage, through thick and thin, for better or for worse, we love each other. We joke it’s mostly thick, but that is a joke.This means seeing each other at our best and at our worst. With our classiest outfits on for a wedding, and our wake up in the morning hair. Oh yes. And as you get a little older (over 60 now…) we can love each other with God’s love even when we encounter health issues, setbacks of any sort. Wrinkles and such. It just makes the person more valuable to us.

How different the world’s love is, which is usually based on performance, and looks, what that person can do for you.

God’s love is more like the love of a married couple that has loved each other long and despite the good, the bad, and the ugly. Yet God’s love is naturally better yet. Jesus died for us. He is perfect. His love is perfect. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Three in one. Triune love. Perfect love.

So we obey God when we live out these words…

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God
and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
(1 John 4:7-8)

This love thing is not just for married couples naturally. God wants us to love our neighbor. I remember hearing two sermons about who our neighbor is. Well, it just so happens this means those around us, in our neighborhood, yes. But also, and especially, those living closest to us. That includes those we spend 24/7 with. It could be our kids, our spouse, our siblings, our roommate. Whoever you spend the most time with and who knows you best? Therefore, they see you at your best and at your worst, and if they obey God’s commands, they still love you!

This does not mean you tolerate abuse. It means in our daily relationships that are not destructive; we give of ourselves and serve the other person. Sacrificially, humbly, and willingly. We aren’t looking to win the latest argument, and we do learn to compromise on things that we can that don’t go against God’s standards. How can you live with someone if you never budge or give in? You can’t. Not the way God wants us to, anyway. That means peacefully, mostly, not perfectly though, especially when raising children together. It should be the goal, though. Hold that thought.

I remember learning the meaning of Psalm 133. As we live together in unity, God blesses us. And He does, He really does.

So no matter who God has called us to “love” let us do so in a way that truly honours Him. Because He first loved us. Because He gave His life for us. And because it honours Him, truly glorifies our LORD.

What’s not to love about that?

N.B… John 15 is a beautiful chapter in the Bible. For a few days, we will study John 15 together.

May it bless you,

Liz

 

 

 

 

 

Share on your favorite social media platform