“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” ; (John 13:34-35 NIV).
Relationships are the most valuable asset that we have, but at times the most difficult to maintain. John 13:34-35 teaches us a new command, we must love one another as Jesus have loved us. This is the distinguishing mark of a follower of Christ. He is not suggesting that we love one another, “IT’S A NEW COMMANDMENT!”
We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also; (1st John 4:19-21 NIV).
How can you say that you love God who you have not seen, and not have love for your brother who you have seen? This man is either morally blind or a conscious hypocrite. God is love. You can’t fool God; He knows every heart and mind. It all starts with the condition of the heart. We need to love like God loves. We must come together with one heart and one mind.
Being on one accord is not just coming together to believe for something for the moment or the occasion. It means to join together in one spirit with one heart. It’s not a surface thing, it goes much deeper than lip service. It’s actually a heart condition.
Ask yourself, “Am I walking in love?” I encourage you to study your love walk. It’s vital to your spiritual growth. Those who love like Christ will give evidence that they are disciples of Jesus Christ. Love God, love other and love yourself, (in this order). Be sure to check your spiritual fruit; (Gal. 5:22-23); Do you have any? You will find the truth when you show your love for others. Make it your business to love others to life!
TEN WAYS TO LOVE
- Love God first; (Prov. 3:6). “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; Matt. 22:37; Mark 12:30).
- Speak without accusing; (James 1:19). My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
- Give without sparing; (Prov. 21:26). All day long he craved for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
- Pray without ceasing; (1st Thess. 5:17). Pray for others, pray for your neighbors. Pray continually.
- Answer without arguing; (Prov. 17:1). Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.
- Share without pretending; (Eph. 4:15). Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
- Enjoy without complaint; (Phil. 2:14). Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life, in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
- Trust without wavering; (1st Cor. 13:7). It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
- Forgive without punishing; (Col. 3:13). Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
- Promise without forgetting; (Prov. 13:12). Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.