Love One Another

The early historian Jerome writes about the aged apostle John. He explains that John in his old age would have to be carried in to the church in Ephesus, and as he would find enough strength to stand or much of the time just sit up to speak. He would say just one phrase, “Little children love one another.” It seemed that the one most important fact that John felt needed to be said was that one statement. John knowing that he could only say one thing chooses this one important statement. The story continues, in one of the very last days of John’s life they again began to carry him in to the church, and as he always did John spoke the same fraise. Well one of his students asked question, he said” master why do you always say the same thing?” John’s answer was this, “Because it is the highest of the Lord’s commands. If this is done, you are on the right cores. If you have not done this, you have failed.”

This is so true and something we all need to be practicing more within our lives. Learning to love one is not always the easiest thing to do in life. We get hurt feelings, we get offended and it just seems that being angry is the easer path for us to take. Are you willing to allow God to shape you and mold you into the type of person who is known for your love? Are you willing to sacrifice your own pride so that you can become a person that seeks to mend relationships instead of destroying them? I challenge you throughout this week to take the words of Jesus seriously and truly try to live as He said in John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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