Rick Warren once said
Love pays attention. Love listens to the fears and the doubts of others and treats them with respect. Love accepts others the way Jesus accepts you.
To live in peace, we must love one another. If we don’t love those around us, we are not faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
Loving one another is not advice but a commandment. It is not what you may choose to accept, but must do. Christ has commanded us to love each other. Hence, we have no right to decide who or who not to love.
The New Testament mentions the phrase “love one another” eleven times. Not once. Not twice; but eleven times. If God repeats his words over and over again in the Bible, we must take it seriously.
In simple terms, loving one another means, we take every other person’s challenges as our own and assist them in times of need. This includes not hurting our friends, not stealing from them or lying against them.
At whatever cost, we are there to help them. This means, we take them as ourselves and feel their pain.
Therefore, there is a yardstick to measure our “love for one another” – Ourselves. Will I feel hurt if I was treated the same way?
No one hurts himself intentionally. We all love ourselves. In the same way, we must reciprocate that love to those around us.
What does the bible say about Love one another?
The bible is very clear about the definition of love. In fact, Love is the greatest weapon you need in the fight for salvation.
On accepting Jesus Christ, we receive the holy spirits that bless us with so many gifts. Our strength, hope, faith, and love becomes renewed according to his will.
We need faith to believe God exists and serve him appropriately. We need hope to strengthen our faith in times of persecution. We need love to keep our faith and hope in check.
In Pauls first letter to the Corinthians, he described what love truly is
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
Love is undoubtedly the greatest tool we need in our service to God. If we have the love for God and man, we must have patience, endurance, and persevere through hard times. If we Love our neighbors, pride will never be found in our lives.
If we say we love one another, there will be “no records of wrongdoing”. We will cherish everyone around us and make them happy.
In verse 13, Paul says Love is greater than Hope and faith.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
What did Jesus say about Loving one another?
Being a Christian means that we understand the ways of Christ and are willing to live the way he lived.
We must first understand the thoughts of our father in heaven (Isaiah 55:8-9). He sent his only beloved son to die for our sins. This is an extraordinary love towards us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life John 3:16
We’ve all sinned (Romans 3:23). Yet he has given us the grace to be redeemed unto eternal life through the death of Christ.
This is the greatest love for mankind. If we must Follow Christ, we must love one another as our father has loved us.
The story of the Good Samaritan
Jesus spoke numerous parables in the bible to inspire us and simplify what he meant. The parable of the Good Samaritan explains what loving one another means.
The Bible describes a lawyer that tempted Jesus through his words. He said, “What shall I do to have eternal life?”. Jesus answered and said
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself
Being knowledgeable in the things of this world, the lawyer asked again, “Who is my neighbor?”
Then Jesus explained further with a parable. He described a man that was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, and suddenly he was robbed and injured on the way. He was Half dead.
A priest and a Levite saw him and walked past him. Then came a good samaritan that saw him and had compassion on him. He felt his pain and anguish and carried him to the nearest Inn. The Good Samaritan treated his wounds and took care of him that day. On the next day, before he departed, he took out two pence and paid the innkeeper.
“Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.”
In the end, Jesus asked the Lawyer, which of these men is the neighbor of the man that was robbed. Is it the Levite or the priest who are well-versed in the works of God, yet abandoned him? Or the unknown good samaritan that stopped by and helped the man?
Therefore, if we love one another, we must show love to our neighbor (like the good Samaritan). Jesus said to the lawyer, Go and do thou likewise.
If we must enter the kingdom of God, we must love the ways of God. We must show Love to those around us. Our brothers, sisters, friends, parents, and people we’ve not met before must share in our love.
When they are in need, we must be there to assist them as God has blessed us. When they are going through trials and tribulations, we must be ready to support them too.
John, the apostle of Jesus, likened a man that hates his brother yet claims to Love God as a liar.
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? 1 John 4:20
Love One Another Bible verses
I have put together bible verses about loving one another. Read and be blessed
1. John 13:34
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another
Before The birth of Christ, man lived under multiples laws given by God to Moses. Some of these are
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy
- Honor thy father and thy mother
- Thou shalt not kill
- Thou shalt not commit adultery
- Thou shalt not steal
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
- Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s house)
- Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s wife)
- Thou shalt not covet (neighbor’s slaves, animals, or anything else)
These are the 10 commandments which must be followed strictly. Each of these laws already had love inscribed in them. If you love your God with all your hearts and mind, you will not serve other Gods. Likewise, if you love your neighbor as yourself, you will not kill, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness or convert your neighbor properties.
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord Leviticus 19:18
During Christ time on earth, he simplified the commandments given to Moses. He commanded that; we must love one another.
Christ is an exemplary figure of love. He accepted to die for our sins. Jesus healed the sick and preached the word to thousands of people. He never held back his love and support for those that believed in him. In times of sorrow and death, he raised the dead (Lazarus).
In John 14:15, Christ said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Therefore, we must love one another.
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Ephesians 5:2
2. 1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling
Being a Christian means that you’ve accepted to live in the body of Christ. Without love, you cannot be a true Christian. Commandments are divine instructions we must follow. If God says love your neighbor, we must obey him. We have no right to choose who and who not to love.
If you love your neighbor, there is no reason to sin against him. If you love God, you will not depart from his instructions.
At all times, we must help our neighbors in times of distress. We must offer hospitality to one another heartily. If we do this, God is happy with our service to him.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 ESV
3. 1 John 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
We can not deny all that God has done in our lives. He has given us hope for eternal glorification if we remain steadfast in his way. He has promised us resurrection on the last day. God still provides your daily needs. He cares for us daily.
When the devil tries to harm us, God is protecting us unknowingly. When we sleep through the night, he stands on our side. The love of God is infinite.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved
Therefore, there is no way we can claim to love God without displaying his qualities. He is love, and if you love him, you must show love to everyone
4. Romans 13:8
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law
The laws of Moses are not applicable today because of the blood of Christ. Through the sacrifice of Christ death, we are set free eternally. However, those laws still abide in one word “love.”
Paul, the apostle of Christ, said:
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thyneighborr as thyself. Galatians 5:14
Other Bible verses about love one another as I have loved you
5. Romans 12:10
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor
6. Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
7. 1 John 3:11
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another
8. 1 John 4:12-13
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit
9. Ephesians 4:2-3
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one anotherin love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace
10. Galatians 6:2
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ