Love One Another

The most frequently repeated “one another” is to love.  In 1 Peter 4:8, the apostle says:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

When we love someone, most of the other “one anothers” fall into place as a consequence.  Because we love, we are able to forgive and have compassion on our loved ones’ faults.   When we love, we automatically want to pray for that person, encourage them and build them up.  When we love, we are patient and kind.  We greet the person we love with a kiss or hug.  We are willing to sacrifice our own needs for someone we love.

Often we assume love is an emotion that comes and goes and cannot be controlled.  However, we can decide to love.  Even when we don’t feel loving, we can teach ourselves to behave lovingly.  And guess what?  Love begats love.  When we act in a loving way, the feeling often follows;  and when we behave in a loving way we find we receive loving responses back

Take small steps of love, it’s not so hard.  Take an interest in those around you;  compliment them when they do something well;  help them out when you can;  console them when they’re feeling sad; pray for them.  The rewards will be great both today and eternally.