The new commandment

“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:24,25).

It’s interesting to note that “love” can be commanded. How can love be a command? Remember your first teenage crush? Did someone command you to fall for that 14-year-old girl? Of course not! You just had hormones! Continue reading “The new commandment”

Being loving

I often tell young people, “You are not obliged to fall in love with anyone; you are obliged to be loving to everyone.”

The difference between being “in love” and being loving is that one of them is commanded. The term “falling in love” implies a loss of control. Emotions are powerful. The hormones heat up and the brain cells melt down. But being loving is about self-control. Continue reading “Being loving”

Practical applications abound

Tonight’s counseling session was a marathon. Arriving home at 10:58 p.m., I found homemade tacos awaiting me on the stove as my wife who was watching TV welcomed me home. Inspiration for tomorrow’s Forthright article abounded from throughout the day.

How can some people seem to view the Bible as irrelevant to life? Scripture’s subtle and obvious practical applications saturate our days.

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We love because he first loved us

“We love because he loved us first. If anyone says ‘I love God’ and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too” (1 John 4:19-21 NET).

“Love, love, love, love – the gospel in a word is love; love your neighbour as your brother, love, love, love.” And so goes the verse of a familiar song to many of us. “The gospel in a word is love” – love is what we are to be about as Christians. In fact, Jesus placed such a great emphasis on love that he said this was the way people would know who were following him. “Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Continue reading “We love because he first loved us”