“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.” 1 John 3:18 The Message
Jesus also told us that the mark of being a disciple is our love for one another. I don’t know how it happened or if it just human nature getting in the way, but there is way too much animosity among churches and church goers.
We say we want to glorify God and we say that we want to experience all He has for us. If this is true, we must follow the most basic principles of His Word. It does not get more basic than love. If we can’t get this right, then I’m not sure we can get much else right. There are way too many churches and people in churches tearing down others because of differences in philosophy, doctrine, and style. It’s terrible when one church tears down another, but even harder to comprehend when it is within a single congregation.
We will never win this world through arguments, criticism, jealousy, or bitterness. We will only accomplish what God has called us to when we love. We must love God and love people. This is John’s message in all of his writings.
Find a way today to practice love. To really practice it best, try it on someone you don’t normally get along with, the unlovable, even the one you disagree with.