Our highest calling as believers is to love one another—to be the hands and feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To share the gospel of salvation and hope with those around us. But it seems we are not doing a very good job of it. Many believers in Jesus have drifted from showing love toward others. They have become more like the world (selfish, envious, jealous, ambitious) rather than like Jesus (kind, friendly, concerned/caring, thoughtful, filled with love). We must get back to basics and love one another.
Bible love (the love of Jesus) is patient, kind, not jealous, not boastful, bearing all things, hopeful, enduring, encouraging, supporting, uplifting, sincere, hating what is evil, honoring one another, joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, sharing with those in need (not expecting the government to do it for us), not conceited, living with others in peace and never repaying evil with evil. If Believers return to our Rock and reflect Jesus in our daily lives more people would want to be like us instead of being repelled by us.
Our love toward others is tested everyday. There are many people who are difficult to love in our society. Yet, even they need our understanding and love. We encourage you to adapt the motto “Jesus loves you and I’m trying.” We may not approve of their lifestyle, behavior or actions, but we must actively seek to love them just like Jesus does.
Romans 12:9-21 (AMP) 9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. 11 Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. 12 Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of God’s people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief]. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. 20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. 21 Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.