Love One Another – Part I
Today’s Scripture: 1 John 3:11-24
Key Verse: 1 John 3:11
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
The New Testament deals with a lot of topics, but the one that keeps coming up is: we, as believers, should love one another!
Jesus reminded His followers that our love for God was the most important commandment.
He followed that statement with the second most important commandment: that His followers should love one another.
In Today’s Scripture, a large portion of 1 John 3:11-24 is dedicated to the subject of love. The overwhelming theme of this passage is about loving one another.
First John 3:14 says that our love for one another “proves that we have passed from death to life…”. In other words, our Christlike love for those around us gives evidence that we have been saved. This verse ends with the opposite fact: “But a person who has no love is still dead”.
Today’s Scripture repeats the definition of love, which is essential if we are going to have any confidence that we can live it out in our lives.
Look at 1 John 3:16: “We know that real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us. So, we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters”. 1 John 3:17 then gives us an example of what it means to “give up our lives”: “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion-how can God’s love be in that person?”
Let me remind you of what I have said many times in my ministry: God’s love is not about us “feeling” something, it’s about us “doing” something.
If you think I am overstating that, look at 1 John 3:18: “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
God knows that there are people, even in the church, that we just do not like. The good news is we can still be obedient to the command to love them by showing them kindness or by meeting a need in their life.
For example, if I needed $100 and you had extra money, you could give it to me even while you disliked me. I would walk away thinking that you are my friend, just as God wants believers to be. God knows that we cannot always help the way we feel; that is why He made His commands about actions not feelings!
Interestingly, as we put into action this Christlike love, many times we start to “feel” more love toward that person.
Father, help me to see the needs of people you want me to help, and help me to be obedient to that call. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.