How are We Loving One Another?

Loving one another is not a suggestion.

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How are we doing on loving one another?  Does loving one another change if our circumstances change?  If we are honest, I think we would say yes.  So, what can we learn from the one who loves all the time, regardless of circumstances?  Who is that one?  That would be Jesus.  

Jesus begins this teaching by talking about a vine and its branches.  He shows how they are connected if they remain true to one another.  He reassures His disciples by saying that He is the vine, and we are the branches.  Then He gives this command by saying, “My command is this:  Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15: 12

Note that loving one another is not a suggestion. It’s a command.

How can we love the unlovable?  How can we love when we have been hurt?  How can we love when we live in a world that hates?  That’s when we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. 

About the world, Jesus addressed this question by saying, “Keep in mind that they (the world) hated Me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.”  John 15: 18-19

As a believer, if you are being unloved by the world, expect it!

Many have family issues, so what’s the remedy for that?  If we are dealing with family conflict, we can learn humility, kindness, patience, and selfless love, through it.  We practice this with “The fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”  Galatians 5: 22

This version uses the word forbearance for patience.  When I looked up the definition, two of its synonyms were restraint and tolerance.  Some folks we just have to tolerate in life.  

Never forget this truth where it all began, “We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4: 19   

HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND?  We ask: “Lord, take us all back to our first love;” a love that is so untainted and pure, straight from the Throne of God.  May we never lose our first love with Jesus, that first encounter with Him where we were awakened. 




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About the Author

Mary Beth Pecora, a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, friend, worshiper and servant leader, who loves life and loves people. More importantly, she passionately loves God and the fullness of who He is! For twenty-three years she has served in leadership positions within the ministry of Aglow International. Currently, she and her husband serve at The Secret Place--A Psalm 91 Ministry. It's a place for individual folks to come, be exhorted and prayed for, while being ushered to ministry stations within the room. They continue to serve monthly in the Prayer Room at their home church that they have been a part of for almost forty years. In April of 2022 they both received their Ministry License and will pursue Ordination in the fall. She delights in encouraging folks of all ages within various walks of life. Her love of writing is now her passion, which led her to publish two books, "Restoration Explosion In The New Year," and "Navigating The Mysteries Of God." Above all that’s been accomplished and concluded, the BEST thing to her is knowing her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is her everything—her very best friend. Visit:

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