Love one another. Romans 12:10
Paul began with the what question. What does genuine love look like? It abhors evil and it holds fast to what is good. Now he moves on to the who question. Who are we to love? And his first answer is: “Love one another.”
It is easy to talk about love in general. Loving everyone sounds grand, but the truth is that there are over 7 billion people in this world and none of us will meet more than a tiny fraction of them.
The real challenge is to love the people God places around you—the people in your home, the people in your church, the people at your workplace, and the people on your street. Consider who God has placed in your life. Your calling is to love these people well. Will you love this man, or this woman for a lifetime? Will you love this gathering of God’s people?
Christ calls us to love all people, even our enemies. But loving your enemies is hard, so here’s where we begin. God calls us to cultivate genuine love within His family. Learn to love well by loving your own brothers and sisters in Christ. Other believers stand beside you in grace, and one day they will stand beside you in glory. When the world gets darker, Christians get closer.
What is one way that you could take the initiative to cultivate genuine love with other brothers and sisters in Christ?