There’s a time to focus on loving one another, and that time is now.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35
Yesterday families got together for a traditional meal of thanksgiving. Aunts and uncles, siblings and cousins, parents and their parents stuffed themselves with all sorts of delicious casseroles and desserts then spent the afternoon visiting or watching the football game. Necks were hugged, and love flowed.
Our Father knew not everyone would be easy to love. But we have to work at it. There are some people, be they family or neighbors, maybe the brother sitting on the pew just in front of us at church whose ways just make it hard to like them, much less love them. We all look at things differently. Yet, we are to love one another?
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Romans 12:10
This year, an election year, it’s been too easy to find reasons not to love one another as our presidential campaigns took so many ugly twists and turns. Accusations flew. Name calling ensued. Liberals and conservatives clashed. Hate was mongered. Dems, Republicans, and Independents shouted, “Our way is the best way!”
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Ephesians 4:2
But you know what?
There’s truly only One Way.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
If we desire to find the right and true “Way”, serve the “Way”, then we must find a way to love one another, honoring and preferring one another. Differences must be out aside; frustrations and expectations, too. People hurt our hearts with their words or by their actions, but we must forgive and love them anyway.
Hopefully, your time yesterday at the annual Thanksgiving celebration went without incident. But if anything–or anyone–disappointed you, today, choose to forget about it, forgive, and let love cover the situation. Remember, it is in love that we show the world we follow The Way, The Truth, and The Life, that we are His disciples.
And above all things have fervent charity [Love] among yourselves: for charity [Love] shall cover the multitude of sins. I Peter 4:8
So as we get to fellowship over the long weekend, let’s remember there is a time to focus on loving one another. And the time is now. Love and blessings to you all…or y’all as we say in Texas! God be with you and help you to love one another.