Can we agree to disagree agreeably?
We will not always agree, we may never agree at all. But that does not excuse us from agreeing on one thing: the most important thing and that is that we love one another.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” -John 13:34
We are called by our Father to walk and live in love. Ouch. Not always easy. Our views may differ from politics to where the best vacation spot is and oh, so often how we interpret certain scriptures. But we are MANDATED to love one another. Not just say that we love but to obey “the law of Christ” which is the law of love.
“Love empowers us to fulfill the law of the Anointed One as we carry each other’s troubles. If you think you are too important to stoop down to help another, you are living in deception.” -Galatians 6:2,3 (from the Passion Translation)
While Jesus was in the Upper Room with His disciples, preparing them for ministry. He knew that soon He would no longer be walking with them. (They had no idea what was about to take place). He tells them I am leaving, and you cannot come with me, BUT, I am giving you a new commandment. It is stronger than the old one found in Deuteronomy.
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” -Deuteronomy 6:5
This is a NEW command. It carries even more weight than the old, and in some Bibles it is written in red (I love that).
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.” -John 13:34,35
How did Jesus love them? How did He love us?
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” -1 John 3:16
Jesus teaches them, and in that teaching we are taught as well that we have a calling to love. The mark of a believer is love. Ouch.
We won’t always agree, but we can love! It seems that we are always at odds with fellow believers. Let us set aside our opinions and ideas and differences and what makes us happy and live according to the law of love.
If we say that we love Him and we do not love our brother that is right next to us, we are liars. We cannot love God whom we have never seen if we can’t love those in the faith that we see all the time! It’s the truth! Look it up, 1 John 4:20,21 (that is another ouch, to me! I am writing to myself).
Love for God and obedience to His Word go hand in hand.
Elisabeth Elliot pens it well, “When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure let me ask myself if I love Him.”
Does my opinion (that most times does not really matter) put such a wedge between my sister/brother and I that it contradicts God’s command to love as Christ loved me, then in reality……do I love Him? Ouch.
I am challenged by these words of Jesus. I am convicted by these words written in red.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another.” -John 13:34,35
I want to be part of His redemptive plan here in my little neck of the woods. I may not live in another country spreading the Gospel to an indigenous people, I may not be called like Mother Theresa for my life’s work to be helping the leper. But in the here and now, I want to able to fulfill His plan for my life in sharing Gospel. And I cannot do that without truly loving my brother and sister that are serving Him as well.
Let this be our prayer today, and let us live and walk in love:
Dear Father, You have many children in many places around this globe. Move each of our hearts to compassionately respond to those needs that intersect our actual lives, that in all places your body might be actively addressing the pain and brokenness of this world, each of us liberated and empowered by your Spirit to fulfill the small part of your redemptive work assigned to us,.” (and I am adding these words, let us love one another)
From Every Moment Holy
We are His disciples and everyone knows it is true…..when we love!
We can fulfill our part and walk in obedience IF WE LOVE.