Love One Another
The words of a Dionne Warwick song are spinning in my mind. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love, no not just for some but for everyone.” The sentiment of the song is desperately need in this season. Sadly, to say, not many people understand or believe that God is the source of love the love we need. In fact, the Bible tell us that God is love (I John 4:8) and we will never know how to love until our hearts have been changed by and filled with His love.
In just a few minutes of paging through my Bible today, I read of love that flows in many directions. The Bible talks about God’s love towards mankind, it then calls mankind to love God, husbands are to love their wives, wives are to love their husbands, parents are to love their children and children, in return, are to love their parents, we are called to love our neighbors, and lastly, we are called to love our enemies.
In my book, The One Another Project, I explore the twenty-nine One Another admonitions that are found in the New Testament. The first chapter is titled, Love One Another. Now, my fellow Christian, pay attention here. It doesn’t surprise us that Jesus calls us to love one another, but we are often taken back when He tells us how we are to do it. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). Our call to love one another comes with a caveat, we are to love one another just as Christ has loved us.
I explored Love One Another in chapter one of the book, because we will never find the capacity to fulfill the other twenty-eight if the love of Christ does not fill our hearts. Without the love of Christ filling our hearts we will always be found living to our own advantage, instead following the words of the Apostle Paul to the Philippians, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
This is the heart and mind of Christ and since His Holy Spirit now lives in us, we have, through Him, the very capacity to love one another, just as He has loved us. “What the world needs now is love…” What the world needs now is to see Christians loving one another just as Christ has loved them. Jesus said, by this everyone around you will know that you are His disciple.