Love One Another
Verse 35 “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
As we near the end of our time of talking about abiding through friendship we are going to take a few days and discuss the 5 One Anothers in Scripture and how they play into abiding friendship in the Church.
The first on our list of 5 is love one another. A one another friend is someone who loves us right where we are in life. But they love us enough not to leave us where they find us.
This kind of loving one another is the tough kind of love. This isn’t the mushy kind of superficial love that ignores the sins in their lives. This is actually the opposite. It is the kind of love that sees the sin and loves the person so much that we come along side and address the sin in a way that offers help for a solution rather than judgment and condemnation.
These verses specifically talk about love in the Church and one thing we need to remember is what we talked about the other day about God creating us for community. When Jesus spoke these words He was talking about the love among those He considered a part of the Church. The Church Jesus was talking about wasn’t some disjointed fractured church. He was talking about the true Church. A community of people who were committed to truly loving each other.
The Church will be known by their love for each other and that means we need to be living into each other’s lives. This is about being there in the hard times, not to condemn but to help and guide a person. Sometimes it means just listening as a fellow believer tells of the pains of their heart. It may mean taking a meal to a family that is struggling financially or going through a hard time due to a health issue. Maybe it is encouraging a young couple by babysitting their children so that the young parents can have a date night. This is what it means to love one another. We all need these kinds of friends but how much more so in the Church. This is what it means to live as the Church.
Making It Personal
How has someone loved on you? How have you loved another? What can you do today to love someone the way Jesus commanded?
Making It Personal Kids
How has someone showed you that they love you? What is a way that you have shown love to another person? Who are you going to show love to today?
Father, thank You for showing us what it means to love each other and for being our perfect example. Give us a growing love for each other. In Jesus’ name, amen.