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The Command To Love One Another

The Command To Love One Another

A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another as I have loved you,
that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples,
if you have love one to another.

St. John 13:34-35

In it’s simplest form, the word here means “charity, compassion, tenderhearted, or caring.” This command from our Lord Jesus was given to the disciples and was written to us today.
As believers we are told by the Lord to love each other. We are to have a compassionate attitude towards one another. Really care for one another. This is what makes us church folks different.

The early church showed us how to put this “love one another” into practice. In Acts 2:41-47 we see what the Lord said being put in action. In verse 44, the new believers had something that would set an example for the church today, that is, they were together and had all things common. Togetherness give us a since of unity. Togetherness shows us there are “no big I’s and no little you’s.” The first thing they all had was one Lord Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2) He is our Lord. Our Saviour and the Head of the Church. We are to obey his commandment (John 14:15).

Then in verse 45, we see how they had all things common. Those who had much gave to those who had little. There was a concern for each other. They had compassion on each other. By selling their possessions and goods to help the others, they carried out the Lord’s commandment. This brought them all close to each other. When we look around the church today, we should see this same thing going on. Believers showing compassion towards one another. When a member is sick, we should all be concern about that member. Pray for them, visit them. When one is naked , we should help put clothes on them. 1 John 4:7-8 reminds us to love one another.

When the church show love towards each other, the world will see that there is something special about us. Jesus said, when we do this, they will know that we are His disciples when we love one another.

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