Devotional: ‘Love One Another’

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“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” (Acts 2:42-45)

The early church was a very close-knit group of believers. Not only did they meet together regularly in order to study God’s Word, they also shared sacrificially in order to meet each other’s needs.

The Bible uses the word ‘fellowship’ to describe this closeness. What is Christian fellowship? Christian fellowship is more than sharing a cup of coffee or a bowl of ice cream. The book of Acts described Christian fellowship as: “And all that believed were together, and had all things common…” There were at least three elements to their fellowship:

(1) They spent a great deal of time together

(2) They shared whatever they had with each other

(3) Their goal was to become more like Jesus

A phrase that is commonly used in the Bible to describe the various aspects of our Christian fellowship is ‘one another.’ During this week’s study, we will examine many of the one anothers in the Bible. Today we read –

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples – if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

One of the important elements of Christian fellowship is our love for each other. As many of you know, the love of the Bible is much deeper than the friendship between two friends. It is a love that involves sacrifice. It is a love that involves service. It is a love that involves humility. And it is a love that involves Christ. Jesus said –

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

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