Now Act Like You Love Eachother
Posted: Tuesday, December 6
2 John 1:1-13
Verse of the day:
“Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.” (2 John 1:6)
Growing up with an older sister and younger brother found me in the middle of a lot of sibling arguments. I can remember many times of fighting with my brother or sister and my parents would threaten to “make us hold hands” or “hug each other.” I can remember more than once being told to act like I loved them.
You would think as adults we would not need to be told to love one another. However, the Bible reminds us often on how we should interact with our fellow men. Jesus stated it loving our neighbor was on par with loving God. It is not a secondary option. It is a primary mandate. So why do so many people struggle with loving their fellow man.
In today’s culture, it seems that if I disagree with you, then I don’t love you. However, when I see someone doing something that is destructive to their selves, because I love them I will attempt to let them know about the dangerous choices they are making. True discipline is grounded in love. Today’s scripture reminds us that God has commanded us to love others. Sometime that love can be hard, however, it is always worth the effort.
Just a closing note: Discipline without relationship produces rebellion. Too many Christians try to pass judgement on a person’s life choices without taking the time to love them first. However, when we take the time to get to know people, too truly love people, then we will earn the right to speak life to them. You have to earn the right to speak into someone’s life and that right is earned through love.
So today, stop acting like you love people and actually start to build relationships with them that will be the ground for true love in action to grow.