I have asked this question many times before, but happens when we have faith, but no love in our heart? Does it not become an empty faith, or is it just something we do to go through the motions, or is it actually possible to have faith without love for one another. Hard to deny this in the life of Christ, and the cliche we hear a lot is having the love of Christ in your heart, but isn’t it a command given to us in scripture.
I will be the first to say this is very, very, very, very hard sometimes, and may seem almost impossible other times, but it is still written out in many places, like John, Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians to name a few:
- John 13:34
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:33-35 (in Context) John 13 (Whole Chapter)
- John 13:35
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-36 (in Context) John 13 (Whole Chapter)
- Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:9-11 (in Context) Romans 12 (Whole Chapter)
- Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.
Galatians 5:12-14 (in Context) Galatians 5 (Whole Chapter)
- Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (in Context) Ephesians 4 (Whole Chapter)
My question is always, how do we/you show that love to one another? Sometimes it is as simple as writing a thank you note to a fellow brother like this below.
Getting a hand written note is almost unheard of today, so to me, receiving a note in the mail from a brother was very special and showed his love for my family. There is something about having to take the time to write with an actual writing instrument like a pen or pencil (something I rarely do) and addressing an evelope and putting it in the mail. The love shown is of course time. I was told once by a pastor that kids translate love as time spent. I think we all do this. Some don’t recognize this as valueable, but any time anyone spends time for you or with you, they have just given you the most precious thing that they have the power to give you.