During the quarantine, with schools closed and working from home, did your family always show love to each other? To be honest, some days it was a struggle. Although it was a unique opportunity to spend time together and strengthen our relationships, at times we lost sight of the blessings and got caught up in stress and conflict. I recall several occasions when I reminded my children to love their siblings. In fact, each of us needed to show more love for each other..
The same is true for all Christians. We sometimes lose our patience with our church family. Maybe our personalities clash with another brother or sister in Christ. Do we avoid interacting with them? Or worse, are we outright rude and cruel with our words and actions?
Scripture clearly teaches that we need to have love for each other. Let's look at three reasons why this is so vitally important in our lives.
1. Christ commands it - John 15:12
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." Jesus not only gave a commandment, but also His own example. Brotherly love is Christlike love. If we are seeking to follow Jesus, we will love one another.
2. We benefit from it - Psalm 133:1
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" The word love isn't in this verse, but the application can be made that love is necessary in order to live in unity. The best part is that it's not just tolerable, but enjoyable! God doesn't ask His children to do something miserable, but good and pleasant.
3. The lost see it - John 13:35
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Brotherly love is not natural; it's supernatural. Cain killed Abel. Jacob and Esau were not the best of friends. Joseph's brothers hated him. Without the power of God, we cannot love like Jesus loves; but when we live in obedience to Him, people notice our love one to another and know we belong to Him.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are commanded to love. We will enjoy a life of unity and show the world our identity in Christ when we love each other. Through prayer and obedience, this can be true in each of us today!
Written by Paul Sallmen