You Shall Love One Another

By this all will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.

John 13:35

LORD Jesus we praise You for You did not only tell us to love one another, but You have set the greatest example of Love in all time. You do not only love, but You are Love — the very Essence of Love. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, that we so often fail to love one another. Enable us, precious Savior, that we would love You more and more with each day. Help us to get a hold of Your Love so we are capable to love one another as You are loving us. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

Reality Check

In my last blog I asked you about the type of friends you like to spend your time with and the way/s they will influence you.

Last Wednesday I have met with a precious Sister in Christ. Since a few weeks now, we are studying “The Proverbs 31 Woman” of the Bible together. It is such a joy to study the Word of God with someone who is very like-minded and who also takes the role of being a Keeper at Home quite serious. What a treasure God has brought into my life through her.

Yesterday I returned a call from a Christian lady who is struggling with a serious situation at her current church. She shared with me how disappointed she is in how Christian people can act toward other Christians.

“I mean, these are Christian people; why then do they act this way?”

This is a question that most of us cannot answer. Only God knows the heart of each person that has ever lived, is living, or is going to live on this earth. We do not see into the heart of others.

What we do know, though, especially from today’s verse, is that we ought to love one another because that will reveal that we are the LORD’s disciples. The verse talks about us, and it addresses us to love others. It does not say:

By this all will know that they are My disciples,
if they have love for one another.

Ouch!

Loving one another includes, but is not limited to:
– being patient with each other
– comforting one another
– encouraging others to press on
– rejoicing with those who rejoice,
– upholding the weak
– warning others (to get off the wrong way)
– weeping with those who weep

Oh yes, all of this can be quite challenging to accomplish. It is more or less hard to do with some, while it is easier to do with others.

Let’s turn our thinking about our Christian friends around and ask ourselves:

Am I the kind of friend others like to spend time with?
What are some of the things I usually suggest that we would do together?
In what ways will I influence my friend/s? Does my presence in her life trigger a change of behavior in her? (Now that is already giving you a clue for next week’s blog posts when we will talk about: Influenced for the good or for the bad?)

Who are the friend/s you need to pray for today?!

(Read more about John 13:31-33 in Heaven On Earth)

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