“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)
From an early age we’re taught to love others, whether you’re a follower of Christ or not. Our parents tell us to be nice to the boy who keeps picking on us in class or we’re reminded to ‘Kill ’em with kindness” no matter how rude somebody is to you. But, since we’re all imperfect people living in an imperfect world, we sometimes fall short and end up saying something hurtful, having a poor attitude and worst of all, turning somebody away from having a relationship with Jesus.
Just like in John 13:34-35, the mission is simple for everybody; love one another. Yep, that means that annoying co-worker who makes cracks at you everyday, the Facebook friend who constantly puts up political propaganda on your news feed, or that homeless man or woman that you see panhandling on the street. If the person makes you uncomfortable, love them harder and pray for them. You’ll be amazed how God can change your entire mindset when you’re looking at everything through Jesus’ viewpoint.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV)
Each one of us is a part of it. We’re part of an amazing group of people with all kinds of different talents and gifts. If we don’t love one another, then we’re missing out on some amazing people. We can go a little deeper and read a few verses up where it says,
“But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:24-26 NIV)
God didn’t create us to divide us, He created us to work and live together. To help one another and celebrate the highs, while also joining together during the lows. And this has nothing to do with politics, in fact, just throw that thought right out the door! However, what it does have to do with is loving people every step of the way and finding common ground with everyone you meet.
People ask us why we are Christians and one of the reasons is because He reminds us every day to be compassionate and show the light from within. In a recent devotional we read titled, “Growing Through Prayer” (highly recommend) it says that it’s “the love of Christ that compels us. Two Christians can be absolute strangers totally opposed in views and values, however when they speak about the love of Jesus in their lives, a miraculous alignment takes place. Believers strengthen one another.”
So, today let’s start strengthening one another instead of tearing each other apart. Let’s rejoice in our differences and let the light of the Lord shine from within so that each person you come into contact with today will feel loved by you, which, in turn, is a reminder that God loves everybody, especially the outsider!
Questions over coffee:
How are you going to love somebody today?
What is something that you feel like God is trying to tell you about loving one another? Is he placing something in your heart today?
Think of the people you are indifferent to and pray for them. How do you feel the next time you see them after you’ve prayed for them?
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