Love One Another

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” – John 13:35. Today’s blog entry is titled “Love One Another”…

The NFL playoffs have been going on this month and one of the things that have been put on display is teamwork. If a team wants to have success, it’s important for the players to work together and carry out their assignments. And depending on how the game goes, the players may even need to take on some additional responsibilities that they normally don’t have to do. For example, if a quarterback throws an interception, the offensive players who are on the field now have the responsibility of playing defense to try to stop the person who intercepted the ball from running it back for a touchdown. If the players have a mentality of “I strictly play offense and that’s it” and just let the player run past them, it can cost the team points (and potentially the game depending on how close the score is). It’s important for teammates to be willing to cover for/ help each other.

Likewise as born again Christians, we should be working together to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ/make disciples. We all have a part to play. The love that we have for each other should catch the attention of unbelievers. They should notice there is something different about us. God loves us so much (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16), and it’s important that we follow His example and show forth love to others… Going back to the Football analogy, if certain players on the team start becoming jealous of other players, it can disrupt the dynamic of the team, making the team less effective. And if Christians start becoming jealous of one another, it can cause us to become less effective. It’s important for us to stay focused on Jesus Christ and not our own personal agendas. We should be willing to make sacrifices to help others (This may mean spending time/resources, and serving in some type of capacity). The important thing is to seek God and be led by Him in our decision making. So as we continue to grow in our walk with Jesus Christ, let us remember to importance of loving one another.

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” -  Philippians 2:3-4

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