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An Old Command That Rings True Again And Again

Yesterday’s post was about Paul’s statement in Galatians 5:6: “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” A comment to yesterday’s post went a little further than Paul: “The ONLY thing that counts is love and is the very reason Jesus died for our sins.” That got me to thinking, because it sounded like something else I’d read in scripture.

If you want to read a lot about love and what it means in one place in Holy Scripture, I John is a good place to go.

“Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning…Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing to make them stumble…

“For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another…This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…

“[W]e keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us…

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him…

“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them…

“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (I John 2:7-4:21, NIV)

A little repetitive, you say? John has a point to make, and he makes it over and over. It’s not new. It’s just real important.

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