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,