A friend of mine posted a photo of her two youngest grandchildren giving each other a kiss. It was a adorable photo of the three year old sister giving her one year old brother a kiss. It was wonderfully pure and innocent love expressed.
The photo gave me joy, in a world of division and hate, many people have let the desire to show love go, replacing it with a position of “my way or the highway!” A thought process of if we disagree on a subject, one of us must be destroyed and that type of thinking must be terminated.
When I was in high school, hippies were very popular and their message of love was prominent. While I didn’t embrace their lifestyle, I have always thought that loving one another was the right thing to do. But how do you do that?
When I was twenty-six years old, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. It was through that act of surrendering that I was shown how to love my fellow man. Jesus spoke these words:
34 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. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 ESV
He said, “just as I have loved you.” How did He showed that He love me? What did He do? Well, the first thing was that He died on the cross to pay my sin debt that I could not pay. Then He, through the Holy Spirit working within me, began to change me from the inside out. Innumerable times, He has been patience with me.
8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4:8 ESV
In marriage and in a family, we know we must be patient with one another to keep things together. There has to be give and take. Could we extend what we do in a family to those outside our circle and show love/respect ?
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3 ESV
Did you notice what Paul wrote in Ephesians, “bearing with one another in love,”? Does the word “bearing” suggest to you that it takes some effort and work on our part to accomplish?
Perhaps that could be as easy as sharing a smile with someone you pass on the street or in the store. In 1967, The Youngbloods had a hit song called, “Get Together”. The chorus of the song was this, “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now”.
You may think my approach, which is implementing what the Bible teaches, may be simplistic, but I believe it will work and it is the right thing to do.
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Romans 12:9 ESV
Let’s be genuine. Let’s not let hate ruin our love. Think about a pure and innocent love for one another. Let’s get together!!