Love One Another
As we enter the month of February, we start to see hearts all over the place. Whether they are decorations around our houses, at work, or school, we know that February is the month that we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Our kids and grandkids pick out their Valentine cards to hand out to their classmates. We are telling stories about how we fell in love and thinking about what big or little gift we will get our partner or someone else special in our lives.
While this might be a Hallmark holiday, it is a good time for us to remember our call to love as Christian. Did you know the command to “love one another” appears over 100 times in the New Testament? And about 60 of these appearances teach us what it means to love. Jesus says in John 13, “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.” Jesus uses the phrase “love one another” 16 times in John’s Gospel. How is the world going to know who these followers of Christ are? By their love one for another!
In his first letter to the church, John says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Our love for one another shows how well connected we are to our Creator.
Finally, Paul keeps this same theme going in his letter to the church in Galatia when he writes, “For you were called to freedom, sisters and brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Because of what Christ has done for us, we are free to love and serve more fully.
We, as Christians, ought to be known for our love. Our love for one another, our love for the world, our love for our neighbors, and our love for our enemies. Let us reflect on what it means to love all those God puts in our lives. Let us love in deep and meaningful ways. Let us love as Christ has loved us so that the world might see Christ in us and fall in love with him.