John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
How can we love one another as Jesus loved us? What did Jesus’ love look like? 1 John 3:16 tells us. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters” (NIV).
What does it mean to lay down your life? Christians are to no longer live. Right? We are crucified with Christ. We aren’t to be selfish. We aren’t to work to get our own way. We let others have their preference.
Philippians 2:4 (NASB) Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
We can’t just look out for ourselves. We need to look out for each other. We need to not just concern ourselves with our own needs and wants. We need to think of others.
What do each of these other verses tell us to do for each other? Describe an example from your life of what each one looks like (or could/should look like).
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:2-3 With all humility and gentleness, with patience, [bear] with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Romans 12:16a Live in harmony with one another.
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.
When you aren’t sure what to do in a situation, you can remember that the Christian really has only has one rule to follow. Read the verse below.
Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Can you point to an example in your life of where you are loving your neighbor as yourself?
Jesus told the story of The Good Samaritan to teach about loving your neighbor. He taught that we’re to love even our “enemies” this way.
Lesson Point: We are to love one another and can’t live for ourselves.
Challenge Question: Which of these do you feel like you are good at? Which of these “one anothers” do you find more difficult? Ask God to help you love that way.