LOVE One Another

Generous LOVE that imitates and reflects the very character and heartbeat of God.

S.E. Fairbanks
5 min readDec 20, 2023

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

If there is a single word in the English language that needs to be divided into multiple words, it’s the word LOVE.

I LOVE pizza…and spicy Thai curry.

I LOVE the Portland Trail Blazers…and the game of basketball.

I LOVE beautiful, sunny autumn days…and the first snow in winter.

I LOVE to sing…and play guitar.

I LOVE my mother…and my neighbor.

I LOVE God…and my church.

I LOVE all these things…but not each in the same way.

We really need a different word to describe the LOVE of food and the LOVE of a family member.

We need more words.

One word that helps — although it’s not an English word — is found in the New Testament. This word is agape. Let’s take a look at this word in this video from the Bible Project:

Most people, even if they aren’t very churchy, have heard of the Golden Rule:

Do to people what you would want them to do to you (Luke 31).

Some people might also be familiar with the words of Jesus, which have come to be known as the Law of Love or the Greatest Commandments —

LOVE God and LOVE your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30–31).

And if you are or have been a church-goer, you might even remember that Jesus went way beyond God and neighbor (which includes your mother, just in case you were wondering), instructing his disciples to

…LOVE your enemies and pray for those who harass you so that you will be acting as children of your Father who is in heaven If you LOVE only those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what…

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S.E. Fairbanks

If I must err, let it be in the direction of love. I am a man in process of being perfected in love and growing in Christlikenes. DoEverythingInLove.com