20 reasons to love one another

by Aaron Armstrong at Blogging Theologically —   Comments

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…and they all end in “the Bible says so.”

Seriously, the Bible is explicit on this point: Christians are known by their love for one another. There is no greater criteria consistently expressed. Our love for God inevitably works out in our love for people. Here are 20 places we’re reminded of this:

  1. Zechariah 8:17: “…do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the Lord.”
  2. John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
  3. John 15:12: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
  4. John 15:17: “These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
  5. 1 John 3:11: “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
  6. 1 John 3:23: ”And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.”
  7. 1 John 4:7: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
  8. 1 John 4:11-12: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.”
  9. 2 John 1:5: ”And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.”
  10. Romans 12:10: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
  11. Romans 13:8: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
  12. 2 Corinthians 13:11: “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
  13. Galatians 5:13: ”For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
  14. Ephesians 4:2 ”…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love…”
  15. 1 Thessalonians 3:12: ”…and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you…”
  16. 1 Thessalonians 4:9: “Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another…”
  17. 2 Thessalonians 1:3: “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.”
  18. Hebrews 10:24: ”And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…”
  19. 1 Peter 1:22: ”Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart…”
  20. 1 Peter 4:8: ”Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

For some of us this might seem like a moot point, but it is worth repeating: We cannot escape the reality that Christ doesn’t just call us to himself—he calls us into community. When we try to do the Christian life alone or when we withhold forgiveness from others, we shouldn’t shrug it off: we should be terrified.

Our love for God is directly displayed in our love for God’s people. If we don’t show genuine, biblical love for one another, what does that tell us?

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