Often times when I hear someone describing a difficult relationship, quarrelsome conversations, or any type of discord, I hear in my mind and heart the words, “Love One Another.” Those three simple words hold for us the solution to almost every problem we have with others. Goodness, can you even begin to imagine what this life would be like if we all loved one another? Heavenly, don’t you think, absolutely beautiful!
We find it written just this way, “Love one another” in several different places in scripture and written similarly many more times. There is a reason for the repetition we find…it is profoundly important! Two places that stood out to me this morning are as follows:
1Peter, 1:22 “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”
Love is a testimony to the Spirit of Christ that dwells in us, and loving others may provoke them or cause them to respond in love to the Lord, to you, and to others. There is great power in the gift of love, in selfless acts that show another person your heart is tender toward them.
We are called to love as Christ loved us…”while we were yet sinners, He died for us”…So we are to love those who are not behaving in lovable ways, showing them the way toward peace. There is no peace in sin, in discord, conflict, or controversy, but there is enduring peace in LOVE. May we all find it, share it, and enjoy it today and always…