Summary: Christ’s love in us overcomes the world, the fleshly tendency for self-centeredness and the devil’s attempts to demean, demoralize and defeat us.
Interpersonal Do’s and Don’ts
Jesus said, "A new commandment I give to you that you love one another as I have loved you. By this will all men know that you are my disciples because you have love for one another." (John 13:34,35)
Illustration: Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. --Hebrews 10:24
You wouldn’t think that Lou Joline needed any encouragement to keep running. At the age of 65, he has completed 61 marathons in 31 states and has been named one of the nation’s top five "fittest over 50." But Joline can’t do it alone. He relies on the support of three running clubs he belongs to. His advice to people who want to get more exercise is to make it a social event. "Get in with a group," he says. "If your friends are doing it, you’re going to do it."
Although we may embrace that approach to physical fitness, many of us think we can make it on our own spiritually. Yet, if we’re going to be fit in our faith, we need each other. In Hebrews we read, "Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (10:24-25).
Are you involved in a local church congregation? Do you attend a small group for Bible study? Do you have a friend with whom you can bare your soul and pray? Do you need to broaden your opportunities for fellowship?
If we’re going to be spiritually fit, we need all the encouragement and support we can get. --DCM
Christian fellowship provides us
With encouragement and love;
It will help us in our journey,
Till we reach our home above. --Sper
Spiritual fitness should be a team effort. (Our Daily Bread)
The love of agape is the unconditional caring, giving and self-sacrificing love that exudes from one who is led by the power of the word, the Spirit and Christ’s love. It is impossible to be patient, kind and considerate of others’ needs without the love of Christ filling our mind, emotion and spirit. His love enables us to love even those who criticize, misunderstand or misjudge us.
The love of God gives a person an overcoming capability to not be overcome by evil but to overcome evil with good. His love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. His love never fails in any situation, cirucmstances or in the face of helpless feelings.
Love overlooks a fault as it evidences the following traits in one’s interpersonal relationships:
1. Love one another as Jesus Christ has loved you. (John 13:34,35)
2. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love and pursue Godly goals together. (Romans 12:10)
3. Honor one another above yourself and speak affirmingly to each other with respect. (Rom. 12:10)
4. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13)
5. Bless those who persecute you. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. (Rom.12:14)
6. Live in harmony with one another. Be willing to associate with people of low position. (Rom. 12:16)