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 Loving One Another A Priority

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.”


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 2015/4/9 14:18Profile
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 Re: Loving One Another A Priority

Great quote Greg,
This is sad but true... just some thoughts on this..
JESUS said in the last days the LOVE of many will wax cold. ..
Mt 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Many want the gifts so few want the fruit of the spirit.
Gal 5:22-love joy peace long-suffering, temperance self-control..faith, meekness temperance against such there is no law
Jesus had the fruit and this was his personality..
I pray we want more fruit and the personality of JESUS and less gifts.
IM sure that there is no coincidence that the Apostle Paul put 1 Cor 13 between 1 cor 12 describing the gifts and then I cor 14 teaching us love again….
the greatest of these is love 1 cor.13
just some thoughts.
In Him


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 2015/4/10 20:36Profile
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 Re: Loving One Another A Priority

Love suffers long and is kind. Giving love can be uncomfortable. Some people are easier to love than others. Some people can be "kind of a pain" and difficult to love (but we love them anyway).

Jesus loved, suffered and died.

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13

Loving people can take time and many of our church gatherings are so programmed that there is little time for interaction with one another.

Of course, there is also the fact that church gatherings mix "wheat and tares".

But, when it happens, love among the members of Christ's Church is a beautiful thing and an influence on effective evangelism.

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:35

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