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Love One Anorther (part 1)


Christ never intended Christians to live independently of other believers. While the Lone Ranger may be a fun Western character, his attitude doesn't fit in the Church. Christ gives commands throughout the New Testament for how we should relate to one another. In John 13:34, Christ instructed His disciples to love one another. "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."

This "one another" might be the most far-reaching one because it lies at the core of every Christian relationship. It is foundational to every way we serve and bless each other. It's also a comprehensive command. Jesus said this love should be just like the love He had displayed. When Christ's love is the standard, love immediately becomes so much more than a sentimental feeling. It is a passionate, self-sacrificing, giving, active love. It is 1 Corinthians 13 lived out daily with the other members of the Church. Finally, "love one another" is a compelling "one another." Jesus explained that our love for each other would be the way other people would know we are His disciples. A failure to love each other undercuts our claims to be Christ-followers. If we know God, we will walk in love, and that love will be actively lived out toward others in the church.

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