Eight ways from Scripture to love one another


The old command was to love one another; the new command was to love one another as Jesus had loved us. So here are a few quick notes from the Bible on how we can love one another:

  1. Give the benefit of the doubt: “Finally, be ye all likeminded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded …” 1 Peter 3:8
  2. Meet each others’ needs: “If a brother or sister be naked and in lack of daily food, and one of you say unto them, ‘Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled’; and yet ye give them not the things needful to the body; what doth it profit? James 2:15-16
  3. Keep an open home and open arms: “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” 1 Peter 4:9
  4. Help each other make good choices: “My brethren, if any among you err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he who converteth a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins. ” James 5:19-20
  5. Give others their due … and more: “… all of you gird yourselves with humility, to serve one another: for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5
  6. Keep the peace: “If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” Matt 5: 23-24
  7. Do what’s needed, even when it’s inconvenient: “Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16
  8. Remember, this is only a test: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, cannot love God whom he hath not seen. And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.” 1 John 4:20-21

How has God given you the chance to love someone this week?

Copyright © 2009 – 2014 Carlene Hill Byron

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About Carlene Byron

Writer, editor, publicist, communications project manager ... I've written technology and infrastructure; I used to edit New England Church Life and The New England Christian and I've freelanced to publications ranging from Commonweal to Christianity Today. I'm now living in my hometown in Maine and am speaking about global perspectives on suicide prevention.
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