Nine times within the gospels is the call to love one another. It is mentioned by three different authors in four different books. And, it is the singular principle upon which all the “one another commands” hinge upon throughout the scriptures.
Yet, unlike the previous commands to love our neighbor as ourselves, Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35
This type of love was “new and improved” compared to the commands previously given. It was based upon Jesus selfless, sacrificial, forgiving, and unconditional love for us!
Likewise, we have been commanded to love others in the same way. This is difficult for us because of the way that we feel towards others. So, what are we to do?
In this sermon, Pastor Scott explores this topic and how we can put it into practice within our lives daily.
1 Corinthians 13:13… “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But, the greatest of these is love.”
John 3:16… “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
1 John 4:20-21… “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”