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. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Colossians 3:12-15 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.”
John 15:7-9 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.”
John 15:17 “These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
Grace shared creates a bond of love without limits. We are the disciples whom Jesus loves without limits. Therefore, we can love each other–as imperfect as that often is or looks. We make effort to give, sacrifice, share, teach, and serve like Christ –and that is love. There is no love without sacrifice. The standard of love is set cross high. Amazing love… See John 15:17. …the other bookend of love. Everything in between is an explanation of what love involves. It is clearly the most mature act of a christian/disciple, and there is much growth behind it that is required before it can be demonstrated. Like faith, love cannot whimsically be worked up. It too is a gift of grace. Where faith is a personal gift received, love is a public gift to be demonstrated. Love for one another identifies disciples. Much training is required to know how to demonstrate it. Come join us as we learn how to love others for the renown of the Name of Christ.