Sunday, December 6th, 2009
"Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:8)
As Jesus’ followers, we are identified by the love we have for one another. (John 13:34, 35) In fact, we are commanded to “be loving one another.” (1 John 3:23) And Paul says that love is long-suffering and kind. It is not jealous, and it does not brag, behave indecently, or look for its own interests. Love does not become provoked or keep account of the injury. It rejoices with the truth, not over unrighteousness. Love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) If we allow God’s spirit to produce love within us, that quality will exist in our relationships with God and neighbor. (Matthew 22:37-39) “He who does not love remains in death,” wrote the apostle John. “Everyone who hates his brother is a manslayer, and you know that no manslayer has everlasting life remaining in him.” (1 John 3:14, 15) If we are led by holy spirit, we will show love for God, fellow worshippers, and others.
(Watchtower issue: 7/15/07, 2:7, 8)