Throughout this series, We Are ONE, we have examined some of the “one another” statements in the New Testament:
- Accept one another
- Live in peace with one another
- Don’t judge one another
- Be patient with one another
- Forgive one another
- Submit to one another
- Be humble toward one another
- Be kind and compassionate to one another
- Encourage one another
- Serve one another, etc.
Jesus compressed the entire Old Testament into two statements; Love God and love people (Matthew 22:37-40). Condensing the value of love for one another was also seen by Jesus at the Last Supper when he at the Passover meal with his disciples the night of his arrest (John 13:31-35).
“Love one another” statements:
- 1 Peter1:22, “…love one another deeply, from the heart.”
- 1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, love one another deeply.”
- 1 John 3:11, “For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”
- 1 John 4:7, “Dear friends, let us love one another.”
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Rick Warren, in Purpose Driven Life wrote, “Love should be your top priority, your primary objective, and your greatest ambition. Love is not supposed to be just part of your life; it’s supposed to be the most important part. Love must have priority in your life above everything else.”
Love is what Christians do. Colossians 3:14…“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”