All you need is love
Abby Edwards, Embrace women’s ministry
February 13, 2015

All you need is love

All you need is love
Abby Edwards, Embrace women’s ministry
February 13, 2015

During the month of February, it doesn’t take long in a store like Target to see all the different things that you can purchase for Valentine’s Day for your special someone. Though it can be fulfilling to give things to those special people in our lives and show them how much we care for them during this holiday, should we not take the time to think about how we may better love not only those special persons, but people in general throughout the year?

This makes me think about the significance of the “one another” verses found throughout the New Testament. Just take some time to read through these commands below and their originating verses.

  1. Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)

  2. Do not grumble with one another (John 6:43)

  3. Be of the same mind with one another (Romans 12:6)

  4. Don’t envy one another (Galatians 5:26)

  5. Gently, patiently tolerate one another (Ephesians 4:2)

  6. Be kind, forgiving and tenderhearted toward one another (Ephesians 4:32)

  7. Bear with and forgive one another (Colossians 3:13)

  8. Seek good for one another, and don’t repay evil for evil (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

  9. Don’t complain against one another (James 4:11)

  10. Confess sins to one another (James 5:16)

  11. Love one another (John 13:34)

  12. Through love, serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

  13. Be devoted to one another in love (Romans 12:10)

It is my conviction and belief that love goes beyond good feelings but tangibly shows itself through these actions above. After all, Christ exhibits these actions towards us every day. So ask yourself, do you try to actively show love by following these commands? What is the realistic state of your family relationships, friendships, romantic relationships, work relationships and church relationships? Are we more focused on ourselves instead of others? It is not until we focus on ourselves less and others more that we will really be taking the “one another” verses seriously.

Paul Tripp makes an interesting point about Christians becoming glory junkies. He talks about essentially what happens when we forget about the “one anothers.” Our concentration on ourselves ultimately takes away from how God intended us for us to live. I encourage you to check out his article. It certainly was convicting for me.

On this Valentine’s Day let’s not only think about how we can show love in those romantic relationships, but let’s also consider how we might better love those individuals in our other relationships also. Are we loving people in all of those types of relationships well? Where are we lacking? Let us never forget the command that comes from Romans 12:10 – Be devoted to one another in love. Happy Love Day!