Love One Another

We are called to love.

Not the kind of love that’s reserved for family and friends (phileo). Or the kind found in romantic relationships (eros). There’s a place for these types, but there’s a need for so much more. A kind of love that’s not based on positive emotions, appearance, or conditions.

To know this immeasurable, self-sacrificing love is to know God (1 John 4:7-9). This is agape. He demonstrated this love when he sent his only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins. This special kind of love Christians possess by virtue of being reborn by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Then, we are able to demonstrate the love of God.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” 1 John 13:34-35

I recently watched a few lessons on this very subject by Dr. R.C. Sproul and he made the following point which stood out to me. Now that you are in the kingdom, you must live out a kingdom ethic. This transcends the normal human feeling of hate and vengeance that mark fallen humanity. 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48

1 Corinthians 13 is a wonderful demonstration of how to apply agape love in our daily lives. This love isn't boastful or jealous or takes joy in the missteps and wrongdoings of others, enemies included. This love prevents us from practicing prideful behavior that insists on our way. This love is long-suffering and rejoices in truth. 

To keep this verse close to your heart, I made this lock screen to serve as a reminder. 

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1 comment

  1. Ariona, your picture right up top portrays the simple purity, the beautiful power of love.

    His love.