Wednesday May 30, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
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"Do we love one another?"

Does God place qualifications on this love?

How important is it that we “love one another”?

Is love between husband and wife discussed?

What’s the hurry… is there a time limit in place to “love one another”?

First we examine the important role that love plays in our lives as we learn more about God’s feelings and the love He shares with us. There may be times when we take love for granted but God never makes that mistake; we must love Him to be with Him.

He begins to address these questions in John 13:34 KJV:

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

God commands that we “love one another” and this requires more than lip service; Christ truly showed His love for us when He died on the cross and now it is our turn to show Him that we “love one another”.

God describes the love that He seeks in 1 John 4:20:

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

This is a requirement that we must meet and simple logic backs God up. It is not possible for us to convince God that we love Him (who we cannot see) if we refuse to love our brother (who we have seen).

God reaffirms His commandment for love in 1 John 3:23 KJV which reads:

And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

Believing upon Jesus Christ shows our love to God and we honor Him through His son, Jesus Christ as we seek to “love one another”.

Loving one another builds a foundation for loving God. John 14:21 KJV tells us of His love as we learn how He recognizes ours.

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

We seek God through His Son Jesus who sees our love when we keep His commandments. God’s love pushes our emptiness aside as Christ manifest Himself in us.

Ephes. 5:25 KJV teaches that our spouse is included in that formula: “love one another”:

Husbands, love your wives,






even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

We are that many membered body of Christ, the church that Christ gave Himself for and this poses a new question…He died for us, how much do we love our wives? Matthew 19:5-6 KJV gives the details of this Love:

[5] And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

[6] Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Marriage is sacred to God as husbands and wives share a bond that enables them to function as a single unit. Their love is magnified by this unity as they become one flesh that no man can put asunder. Ephes. 5:28 KJV further expresses this closeness:

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Loving our wives shows others the love that we have for ourselves!

James 2:8 KJV shows us how to follow His Commandment: “love one another”:

If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

God is not asking for too much…it is a lonely world when we go it alone. We love our neighbor and we love God.

Our final question is…Does God place a time limit? The answer is Yes …we are limited to the time we remain in our flesh bodies for the moment Christ returns we enter our spiritual bodies. The second coming of Christ will be different than His first as His first coming was to seek our love and acceptance…He wanted us to know that He was the Son Of God. He did not succeed as we rejected Him; we crucified Him! Christ returns again soon, not riding a colt but as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His second coming is not to seek our love, but to measure it.

Proverbs 8:17 KJV shows the wisdom of loving God:

I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Do we reach for God’s help in our attempt to show Him that we “love one another”?

Do we possess the love and respect that is necessary for us to “love one another”?



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