Living for Jesus
Love One Another
God’s nature is love. “For God so loved the world, that He gave
His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but
have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus tells us to love others as He has loved us (John 15:12). Love is the heart of the Gospel. The Apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament, wrote again and again about Christ’s love for us and our need to love Him by loving others. In his letter to the people in Corinth, Paul devotes a whole chapter to describe love (1 Corinthians 13).
When Sir Ernest Shackleton, An Irish-born British explorer of the
Arctic, was asked to describe his most terrible moment in the Arctic, he said it occurred one night when he and the other members of his expedition were huddled together in a barren hut, trying to sleep. They had divided up the last of their food rations. There was nothing more to divide.
Then in the cold darkness, Sir Ernest heard a quiet movement. He turned and saw one of the men reach over and pick up the provision bag of the man beside him. Shackleton said he lived through an eternity of suspense the next few moments. He would have trusted his life to this man. Was he now turning out to be a thief who would steal his comrade’s last morsel of food? Then Shackleton saw the man open his provision bag, take out his last biscuit, and place it in the bag of his sleeping friend. Shackleton said, “I felt I had witnessed a secret moment between that man and God.”
Because God has first loved us (1 John 4:19), each of us can be that person who gives away the last of our food. We can show love to one another in such a way, openly or in secret, that we are raised above the level of mere mortals to become more like our Creator. That is truly the imitation of God. As Jesus loved without
expectation of that love being reciprocated, so we can learn to love not caring if we receive love in return. We can demonstrate our love by what we say and do. As we love others, we will become “little Christs.” As Paul tells us: “Love one another with brotherly affection” (Romans 12:10). May Christ’s love in us overflow to others.
Blessings on your stewardship journey!
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