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Created to Love One Another

Read | John 13:34-35

Jesus spent His last evening before the crucifixion reminding the disciples of essential principles. Kneeling to wash their feet, He gave them a new commandment—to love one another. In fact, over the course of the evening, He would repeat that phrase five times (John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17). He emphasized the command because He knew it was not only critically important but also one of the toughest to obey.

Putting self-interest before the needs of others is what comes naturally. But since the believer’s old self has been crucified, God’s Spirit can live in and through him or her. Giving of ourselves on behalf of someone else fits who we are in Christ. In fact, we show God’s love best when we care for others—especially those who aren’t easy to love.

In Paul’s New Testament letters, he picked up Jesus’ “love one another” refrain and suggested specific ways to obey. He said to accept one another (Rom. 15:7), bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), be subject to one another (Eph. 5:21), and live in peace with one another (1 Thess. 5:13). In teaching churches and mentoring young pastors, Paul relied on the same principles Jesus taught: to love God and each other. That’s what it means to be a church that honors the Lord’s name and is attractive to unbelievers.  

If you were asked what you find most attractive about God, wouldn’t you say it’s His love? His plan is to use His children to meet emotional, material, spiritual, and physical needs everywhere. So God’s love should overflow from us to fill the empty hearts and hands of those in our sphere of influence.

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  • February 16, 2013 11:11 AM

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    wow that hit home and i am so glad that i had the priviledge of reading it and i will share it with others
  • February 16, 2013 10:53 AM

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    I can't emphasize enough how important a lesson this is for me. I grew up in alcoholic family. In this environment, you naturally learn to be self-centered. You are surviving in a chaotic and neglectful situation. For most of my life, I was only concerned with getting my needs, wants met - and as soon as possible!! I no real understanding of HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO THINK OF, CARE for or about, HELP, ETC. AND BE LOVING TO OTHERS. Thank you Dr. Charles Stanley! These devotionals are enriching and powerful!
  • February 14, 2013 10:05 PM

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    Amen... the message of the Cross is LOVE!
  • February 14, 2013 08:35 PM

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    I love this because that's what God's LOVE is..........? WE need to keep on giving our hearts to everyone that are in needs and even our Church families too...no matter what's going on in their lives and same for others......?
  • February 14, 2013 03:12 PM

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    Thanks In Touch Ministries, this is so fitting today, Valentine's Day as God is Love and we must be more like Him, eternaly Loving.
  • February 14, 2013 09:35 AM

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    Yes, people are sometimes very hard to love. Why is it that they are mostly family
    Members? I have only one daughter and all of her life I have tried to love her & she just will not let me. My heart aches for her because she keeps her heart closed. Their has never been a day or night that she has not been in my prayers.
    I will keep on trying until the day The Lord calls me home.
  • February 14, 2013 09:32 AM

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    How true this lesson is,that love (genuine love) is one of the toughest. I struggle but pray that the holy spirit will continue to guide and lead me here.
  • February 14, 2013 08:43 AM

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    Thou shalt love the LORD thy GOD with all your heart mind and soul. The second is like it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self. These verses are the most important verses in the Hebrew Scriptures. It is know as the Shama. GOD knows we can;t obey Him and others unless we love Him first and others second.
  • February 14, 2013 05:55 AM

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    POWERFUL message of God's love...Thank you & God bless

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