We say ‘love’ a lot. I love a good cheeseburger, preferably one with pepper jack cheese from Mayhill Café, a mom and pop restaurant that’s about half a mile from our home.
I also love the Astros, Star Wars, and coffee. I could list many things I say I love, but in reality, for many of these things, it merely means I enjoy them. The cheeseburger is tasty, the Astros are good, Star Wars is fun to watch, and the smell of my coffeemaker brewing a fresh pot makes it easier to get up in the morning!
I have undoubtedly a different level of love for God, as well as my beautiful bride and pretty princesses. And no, this article won’t do a deep dive into the various words for love in Scripture. Instead, as we aim to love like Jesus, I want to take a moment to remind us to love, deeply love, our brothers and sisters, and how we can show it.
The Bible says, “Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Take the lead in honoring one another” (Romans 12:10 CSB).
Recently, we received the sweetest card filled with encouragement from a church member. We read it together as a family and could feel the warmth and love in every word.
It came on a day I was a bit frustrated, and God is like that sometimes. He seems to have a way of giving us just the right word at just the right time, whether we’re reading Scripture or opening a letter from a member.
I called them to thank them for the sweet note, and got a chuckle with, “Wait, pastor; I’m gonna encourage you some more,” as they proceeded to offer even more encouragement and prayer over my family.
One Bible version translates Romans 12:10 as “outdo one another in showing honor,” and that’s what it seemed like we were doing. It was like a tennis match of encouragement as we volleyed words of encouragement back and forth for a few minutes.
Just like we’re supposed to.
The Bible commands us to love one another, and it also calls us a family. As you know, families will inevitably have quibbles and squabbles, but it’s an awful, awful thing when genuine love is broken.
Jesus loved His disciples enough to put up with their knuckleheadedness, He loved us enough to live, die, and rise again for us, and He loves us enough to intercede on our behalf.
Thus, as you aim to love like Jesus this week, put the love you’re commanded to have in practice. That might mean putting up with some knuckleheadedness, it might mean putting your wants aside or even your life, and it might also mean fighting for those you’re called to love.
Whatever you do, aim to be a relentless encourager. If you have a spouse or kids in the home, start there. Then, look for ways to encourage your fellow brothers and sisters through texts, calls, or letters.
This week, let’s outdo one another in loving one another.