1 John 4:11 – Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
“We love the people of God: The people of God are those from all ages and all nations whom God in Christ has loved, chosen, called, saved and sanctified as a people for his own possession, to share in the glory of Christ as citizens of the new creation. As those, then, whom God has loved from eternity to eternity and throughout all our turbulent and rebellious history, we are commanded to love one another. For ‘since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another,’ and thereby ‘be imitators of God…and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.’ Love for one another in the family of God is not merely a desirable option but an inescapable command. Such love is the first evidence of obedience to the gospel, the necessary expression of our submission to Christ’s Lordship, and a potent engine of world mission.”
[“9. We love the people of God,” The Cape Town Commitment]
The greatest commandment was for us, his household, to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-39). Jesus, our Chief Cornerstone, first demonstrated this for us.
Lord, teach us to love like you. We commit to love the people of God, our household. In Jesus’ name, Amen.