The challenge to obey Christ’s explicit instruction to “love one another as He has loved us” (John 13:34) is intimidating in so many ways, not the least of which is figuring out what in the world it means to do just that. I mean, if your heart is right and you really value doing just that, how do you actually do it? Fortunately, the bible provides some clear direction, which I complied into a list for my Life Group the other night. Hopefully, it has value in providing clarity for your next step in loving others.
1. Put Other People First: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” (Phil. 2:3)
2. Seek Their Good: “always seek to do good to one another” (1 Thess. 5:15)
3. Ask for Their Forgiveness as well as be ready to forgive Them: “forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Col. 3:13)
4. Listen to Them: “be quick to hear” (James 1:19)
5. Include Them: “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (1 Pet. 4:9)
6. Be Generous to Them, especially those in need: “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way” (2 Cor. 9:11)
7. Tell the Truth to edify not to hurt: “let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.” (Eph. 4:25)
8. Encourage Others: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thess. 5:11)
9. Pray for Others: “pray for one another” (James 5:16)
Daunting for sure but definitely possible, for all things are possible with God.
See you Sunday, hopefully with a friend that you are actively seeking to live out this principles with.