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Love One Another

Love One Another

25 August 2009

Scripture:

5 And now I want to urge you, dear lady, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. (2 John 5-6 NLT)

Love one another. Each of the past few days as I read through John’s first and now his second letter, I have thought and written on another aspect of this single point and have taken time to think about its application to me and to my relationship with God and my relationships with people. The message to me has been clear and simple and focused. God is talking to me about loving him and loving others.

This is not a new commandment. The Message version says, “Nothing has changed.” The essence and substance of God’s commandment to us – God’s will for us – is to receive his “For God so loved the world…” unconditional love and to love others like he loves us. 12 I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. 13 And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends. (John 15:12-13 NLT)

I love God because he first loved me and I’m learning love other people. I know I have a long way to go to love others with the kind of giving, sacrificing love that sent Jesus to die for my sins.

I purpose to show my love for others by being less critical and more accepting, by listening more and talking less, by speaking words of affirmation and encouragement, and by giving and serving in practical ways that make big or small differences in their lives.

Prayer: (Friends, will you take a moment to pray this prayer aloud with me?)

Father, I pray that you will work this truth into me in a way that will affect my joyful obedience to your word and your will for me. May it affect my every relationship and my every attitude toward others. I want to “get it” and I want to live it.

May grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God our Father and from Jesus Christ his Son, be with us who live in truth and love. (2 John 3 NLT)

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