Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35, NKJV). What does it really mean to love one another? I ran across this verse in my reading:
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:16-18, NKJV).
We talk a lot about love, but it’s clear that talk is not enough. It doesn’t do us any good to feel spiritual and have warm feelings toward each other, but not demonstrate that love in practical, tangible ways. For others to observe our love for one another, the love has to be…observable.
Love has to begin in our minds and result in a change of thinking, acting, and speaking that honors and values others. Even when speaking about difficult issues, we must never dishonor or demean each other. Remember these words:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. list of sites . It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. domain info . Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Cor. 13:4-7, NLT)
This is the standard by which we measure all that we do in engaging one another: patient, kind, humble, not rude or irritable. Yes, it is challenging! Let’s demonstrate that we love one another by the way we communicate and treat each other, especially in times of difficulty. Let’s demonstrate love with our words and our deeds.