“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
Love has been, is and always will be that single most powerful component ever to impact a life, any life. The Bible is often described as the book of love. From beginning to end, every story recorded, has always been about God’s love for His creation. While the Old Testament provides in-numerous accounts of God’s love for us, the New Testament throws light on how God expects us to love one another.
As we read the New Testament, we see a shift in the way we, Christ’s disciples, have been called to love one another – from loving one another as ourselves to loving one another the way Christ has loved us. This clearly elucidates the standard set before us marked by a very significant paradigm shift. Living in a day and age where people are becoming increasingly intolerant of others, to love another the way we love ourselves would merely translate into being intolerant of each other. That’s why the new command of loving one another as Christ has loved us is of enormous significance, encouraging us to become more and more Christ-like.
Here are some verses from the Bible that help us better understand what it is to love one another as Christ has loved us:
1 John 4:19 (ESV): We love because he first loved us.
John 13:34 (ESV): 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.
Proverbs 10:12 (ESV): Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
1 Peter 4:8-9 (ESV): Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Romans 12:10 (ESV): Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Ephesians 5:2 (ESV): And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
1 John 4:7-21 is yet another compelling passage that clearly brings out the indisputable relationship between knowing and loving God and loving one another. The passage does in fact go on to emphasize that it is impossible to love only God and not love one another. When we love one another, the love of God is perfected in us and God makes His dwelling within us.
To love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength is to be deliberate is our love for one another. At Love One More, we are deliberate in our love for those around us through our various initiatives – such as striving to end child labor, ensuring that underprivileged children have a chance to pursue their dreams in a safe and secure environment, equipping families to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty and more. If you would like to make the deliberate choice to love another as Christ has loved you, you can! Choose to love someone today around you, through a phone call, text message or through sponsorship.