“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:14–17 ESV)
I like this verse. To be honest, it is an incredibly hard verse for me – a type A, often argumentative, quick to speak – slow to listen sort of guy. But this verse helps me.
It reminds us our purpose as disciples of Jesus is to follow His lead. It’s hard to do this if we are grumbling or disputing with each other. Jesus commanded us to love one another. People know followers of Jesus by our love (for all people) and our love for one another (other Jesus followers). (John 13:34-35)
That means people will look at us and either say “They love each other so well – I like that” or “They can’t seem to get along – yuck.”
How Can we Love each other well?
- We must trust other believers.
- We must talk clearly, honestly, and with love.
- We must walk together hand-in-hand and walk towards the world to make disciples (followers of Jesus).
- We must speak kind words to each other.
- We must forgive because God forgave us (and commanded to forgive).
- We must hold close to God’s word – not just read it – absorb it!
- We must be willing not to abandon each other when we struggle.
Soli Deo Gloria
Check out what Jesus said when he was asked what are the greatest commandments in Matthew 22:35-40
Check out this fantastic book by Bob Goff. Read it and learn how to love well.
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