Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. - 1 Peter 1:22
The Lord is crystal clear in the priority and importance He puts on our love one for another. This is not an option, but a command, and a reality that will manifest when true believers are together. If love is lacking there should be a sense of alarm that something is wrong in the body life. The law of love says: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3-4). Our Lord not only commanded the early disciples to love one another but said that it would be a fruit that would show the world that God has assembled a Church on the earth. Every believer should consider reading through 1 Corinthians chapter 13 on a regular basis to keep the right priority in Christian discipleship.
The phrase "one another" occurs over 25 times in the New Testament. Here are some of the phrases: Wash one another’s feet, love one another, honor one another, live in harmony with one another, stop passing judgment on one another, accept one another, instruct one another, greet one another, agree with one another, serve one another, bear with one another, be compassionate to one another, submit to one another, forgive one another, encourage one another, do not slander one another, act in humility towards one another, fellowship with one another. These statements are not just a rule sheet to keep but rather truth’s that the Holy Spirit of God wants to work into our lives, for us to become more like Jesus Christ. To walk in this New Covenant way of love requires a resting and dependence on the grace of our Lord (Galatians 2:20). In an individualistic society we need to be watchful what we think of others, especially those of the household of faith. In closing John Wesley said: “Beware of schism, of making a rent in the Church of Christ. That inward disunion, the members ceasing to have a reciprocal love ‘one for another,’ is the very root of all contention, and every outward separation.”
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon