Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


February 14, 2012

Dear Friend,

Is not the essence of Valentine’s Day to affirm your love to the people in your life?
When it came to the love of the Thessalonian Christians, the apostle Paul wrote, “Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.” I Thess. 4:9* Indeed we have been.  Take a moment and read all the ways:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  John 13:34
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.  John 13:35
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another... Romans 13:8
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.  1 Peter 1:22
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love one another… 1 Peter 3:8
This is the message you heard from the beginning:  We should love one another.  1 John 3:11
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.  1 John 3:23
Friends, let us love one another… 1 John 4:7
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 John 4:11
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another...  1 John 4:12

It’s difficult to miss the point!  May what Paul asks of the Thessalonians be true of us, “And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more.” I Thessalonians 4:10

 With joy - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2012 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the NIV