Love and friendship are bound together throughout history. Friends love and care for each other oftentimes better than their blood relatives.
Today, John lays the groundwork for believers in how they should act and behave.
“This is the teaching you have heard from the beginning: We must love each other.”1 John 3:11
The dawn of time shows God’s love for us. When we messed up the whole plan, God sent His one and only son to us as an act of love for us.
Love is part of the framework of the world, and yet we thumb our nose at what love is.
Further down the passage of 1 John 3, John says,
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his live for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”1 John 3:16
John shows us that love is a sacrifice. Christ provided the model, and we are to follow His example.
Somewhere along the way, the world forgot the model and turned to a “me first” mentality.
Our world is in a state of chaos, not just with the pandemic, but with a lack of love for our fellow humans. We have lost sight of caring for our neighbors and loving our fellow brothers and sisters.
In some cases, we have seen the non-church world do this better than the Church world. The Church may agree to disagree on many issues, but the one we should never disagree on is – loving each other.
We live in a broken world, and that leads to broken relationships that may not be healed until we see each other face-to-face in heaven. If we are honest with ourselves, we probably are guilty of a few of these.
Our goal should be to love each other and to serve each other as best we know-how in these troubling times. Let’s be the light for our communities during this dark time.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the reminder from John to love each other. Forgive us where we have not loved as we should. Help us to love our brothers and sisters in the Church and in our communities so they may see You in us. Give us a blessed day. Amen!