If you were to look at the basics of a house you will see that they are really all the same.
Reference: v.11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. (NIV Bible)
Explore: In the area in which I live there have been thousands of new homes built in the last couple of years. Some of the houses are double storey where others are single; some have brick facades where others are rendered; some have five bedrooms where others only have two; and some of the houses have a veranda out the front where others don’t even have eaves. When you drive around you can see the many variations of all the different houses. But if you were to look at the basics of a house you will see that they are really all the same. They all have a concrete slab, they all have a wooden frame, they all have a tiled roof and they are all designed to give people shelter. Strip away all the detail and they really aren’t all that different from each other.
Application: As we go through life we experience many different ways in how we can express our faith. Some people go on mission trips while others cook meals for their neighbours; some people write notes of encouragement while others volunteer at the local school. There are so many various ways we can express our faith but when it comes down to it, it’s all about love. That’s what we have been instructed to do from the very beginning, as John says. When Jesus came and told people to love each other He wasn’t bringing in something new, He was just reminding us about what God has been telling us from the start. We are often so concerned about other people’s expression of worship that we forget that our real focus should be on how we love each other. No matter which denomination or expression we are a part of every follower of God is commanded to love one another.
Prayer: Lord, we can often get so caught up in the details. Help us to put love as our first priority. Amen.
How do you see others expressing their faith through love? What can we do to put our focus back on love?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.