And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. – 1 John 4:21
God is love (1 John 4:16) If we claim to be in God but do not have love, then we are liars in the eyes of the Lord. But what does it mean to love, well to love means to do what is in the best interest of the other person. Love is not what the World thinks, but it is what God thinks. Love means we have to show people who Christ is and sometimes have to show them just how far away from Christ they are.
Love isn’t always easy and it isn’t always the mushy, gushy stuff we see on TV either. No love takes work; it takes a conscience effort every single day. If we say we love and yet take no interest in each other except for on Sundays, then we are lying to ourselves. No, instead love transcends and moves outside of worship into the very life of people.
One of the hardest things to do in life is to love a person who does not want to be loved. However, for their own sake I must love them. I have to be patient and love them through whatever it is they are facing in life, with the struggles and with the world. I have to love them through sin and temptation, giving glory to Father through that love.
When I do this, after the trial or the struggle, then the good stuff comes, especially with our brothers and sisters in Christ. They have been lifted up and encouraged. They have seen the light and moved away from the darkness and that is the great reward in all things, to be in the light of Christ and in the love of Christ.
So, today’s challenge is to love each other. To do what is in their best interest, sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is tough, but in the end, it is always worth pushing in and loving your brother or sister today. Let not one us slip away for the lack of love, but let us encourage and love one another today, so that the Devil, temptation and sin may be defeated by the power, grace and mercy of the Lord.