Love One Another

image_bbcipb_250x5000It’s called the greatest command for a reason. If you have ever heard this song, you know how uplifting and encouraging it is to think about the fact that God is love. The sporanos start out singing the words from 1 John 4:7-8, “Love one another, for love comes from God. He who loves is born of God and knows God. But he, who does not love, does not know God. For God is love. In today’s world, we see so much violence, hatred, and evil, but it is so nice to know that we will be eternally loved by Someone. That Someone is God.

But since God loves us because He is love, we have to love others. As a teenage girl, I can completely understand how easy it is for you to gossip about someone because they did something to you that you didn’t like or that hurt your feelings. But how do you feel when someone gossips about you? You feel pretty bad don’t you? James 3:1-12 discusses how the tongue is a small part of the body that is very powerful as well. He says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be” (vs. 9-10). Who are we to judge someone that God made in his likeness? God loves every single person on this planet, so we should strive to do the same. That is a hard goal but worth trying for, because those who don’t love don’t know God because He is love. Along with James,  1 John 4:19-20 says that if we love God but hate our brother (or sister) we are LIARS

As a girl that sings soprano or alto, I sometimes miss what the bass and tenors sing. The bass part in this song goes: “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things” 1 Corinthians 13:7). This is such a beautiful reminder. In relationships, that person will probably end up doing something that you don’t like. That is when you have to love that person by bearing it, enduring it, and fixing it. Good Christian relationships here on this earth are so important, whether it be boyfriend, friend, family, husband, or whatever relationship you have with someone, love has to be involved in a major way.

This past week I went to an all-girls leadership camp at my church called E.W.E.S. (Equipping Women for Exceptional Service) and it was the most spiritually uplifting camp I have ever been to. Every girl there, camper and counselor, showed me that they loved and cared for me every minute of the day. I can’t even describe how good I felt just getting to know all of the amazing girls that came. If we had the attitude of “How can I make this person’s day better?” like every girl did at that camp, I believe our churches, youth groups, families, and relationships would all be so much stronger.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in Him.”
1 John 4:16

About Madison Vanderheiden 4 Articles
Madison is a full-time student at Harding University where she is studying Social Work and Missions as a double major. She has enjoyed being a church camp counselor and had the opportunity to travel to Belize and China for two separate missions trips where God touched and changed many lives. She enjoys reading and watching The Office in her free-time and loves just being around people in general.

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