A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35
When each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Eph 4:16
As the term ‘love’ floats around the next few days, I want to draw your attention to a beautifully biblical understanding of love.
Look, I’m married. I love my wife. I get that Valentines Day in fact brings another opportunity for me to put words, actions, flowers, dinner, and yep, even chocolate to showing my love for Laurie. And yes, I realize it’s not all about that one day. It’s all year, it’s all day everyday. I really do love my wife and we both work at our marriage and clearly see our own imperfections.
But the kind of love talked about in scripture is rarely about chocolate and flowers and overpriced, over-wordy cards (ok, ok, I do have issues!). The love in Scripture is all about giving. True, the giving may show itself in the giving of gifts on a special holiday. I’m good with that. But PLEASE don’t limit it to that alone.
Jesus didn’t say the people all around us would know we are His because of our prosperity, the size of our amazing church facility, how we vote, how many times we go to church or how popular we are. He said they would know we His by our LOVE for ONE ANOTHER! This love is not just words. It’s not merely telling everyone how much you love them. It’s giving. Giving to meet their needs. Giving so they can grow. Giving of yourself to others. This is biblical love, as in this is exactly what Jesus did for us. He gave where we couldn’t.
Then Paul tells us that this is exactly how the Body of Christ matures and grows, its as we love one another and give of ourselves to each other.
So, what is the Next Step for you? Reread the verses above. We don’t need a lot of explanation or ideas. We just need God’s Spirit to lead us, as He has in the Word and as He is right now as you’re considering this beautifully, biblical idea of loving one another.