The command to love one another was given by our Lord Jesus Christ to his early disciples who were expected to obey it and pass it on to all who believe in Him as Lord and savior. He told them “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13: 34-35) Loving our fellow Christians is not something that we can choose to refuse to do. It is a direct command from our Lord Jesus and we must obey Him. How do we obey this commandment? How do we show love to people who act in ways that make it extremely difficult for us to continue to show them love? How do we love the unlovely? How do we show genuine love?
There are certain steps which we can take to help ourselves in this matter:
A: Know what God expects of you.
Study God’s word to know His commandments. God does not permit us Christians to hate anybody. He commands us to love one another.1 John 4:11
B: Choose to obey God.
All our battles are fought, won or lost in our hearts and minds that is in our innermost beings. When God looks into our hearts and sees that we really and truly want to obey Him, He will show us how to obey Him. He will show us how to genuinely love each other.
C: Take steps to show love.
Show love and care for others. Pray for the each other. Take time to visit , phone, find out how things are going with those around you.
D: Do your best even if it seems insignificant.
God will use what you do out of a sincere heart no matter how small it may seem to us human beings. Even if all you can give is a smile or a word of encouragement, give it. Remember the story of how Jesus fed thousands of people with food that was brought by one little boy.
Article written by Mrs. A. M. Denni-Fiberesima