Here’s an urgently needed word for our marriages, families and Churches:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
What does this love look like in our relationships?
- is patient
- is kind
- does not envy
- does not boast
- is not proud
- is not rude
- is not self seeking (demanding its own way)
- is not easily angered (irritable)
- it keeps no record of wrongs
- is never glad about evil
- rejoices in truth
- always protects
- always trusts
- always hopes
- always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (NLT). “There is nothing love cannot face” (NEB).
- Love is tenacious and faithful.
- Love is brave and noble.
- The greatest is love.
Love in action
“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:10, NLT)
- “take delight” (προηγούμενοι) could be rendered “going before” or “giving preference.” The word conveys eagerness to honor others. It’s a call to initiate or even to surpass one another in showing honor.
- “Out do one another in showing honor” (ESV).
- I like the rendering “Take delight.” It should not be a burden but joy to show honor to others. Honoring involves recognizing the value of another.
Renewed practice of Romans 12:10 could transform our marriages, families and Churches. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
Love is what the world needs to see in us and what each person can experience through God’s love in Christ (see: Rom. 5:8; 8:38-39; Titus 3:3-6).
“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other” (I John 4:9-11)