Allelon is a Greek word we find sprinkled throughout the New Testament. Allelon exemplifies what our Christian walk should look like to the world and instructs us who we are told to do many things for, to, and alongside.
As believers, we are set apart by the love God showed for us through His son, Jesus Christ and that is sustained in us by the Holy Spirit. Loving one another provides the road map leading to flourishing and thriving relationships with others.
34 “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The disciples were gathered in the Upper Room with Jesus at the Last Supper. Out of love, Jesus has washed the feet His disciples. Judas had just left the place where they were gathered. He is preparing to say goodbye to His disciples, knowing that the Cross waited for Him. What Jesus had to say was only for those who were truly committed to Him. Jesus began to explain what He expected from His followers. The disciples, Jesus commanded, were to love one another as Jesus had loved them. They had seen His love for them during His entire earthly ministry, even that very night as Jesus had washed their feet. In a few days, they would come to understand the depth of Jesus’ love for them through the Cross.
Christians are exhorted to love one another nearly 100 times in the New Testament.
Love is the one characteristic the Devil can’t fake. As Christ-followers, we are to be love personified. It is love that sets us apart and that same love should exemplify all that we think, say, and do. Love shapes the essence of our life. Love forms the foundation of our faith. If we don’t have love, we have nothing. We must reflect the love of God as we go about doing the work He has called us to do together today. As you go about your day today, remember to love one another and to love others as Jesus Christ loved us.
The gospel is something we receive, believe, and live. If we have received it and believed it, then we must go out and live it by loving one another as God showed His love for us—while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Therefore, we who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. We must love like Christ loved us. Sacrificially, not considering ourselves to be better than one another, but rather, loving one another as Jesus has loved us. May love abide in us in all that we think, say, and do.
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