Loving one another is what the Bible calls ‘fellowship’ – translated from the Greek word, ‘koinonia’. The primary meaning of koinonia is ‘fellowship; sharing in common; communion,’ and a powerful example of what fellowship should look like, can be found in a study of the phrase “one another” in the Bible. ‘Over and over in the New Testament we’re told as a church to be devoted to one another, submit to one another, forgive one another, bear one another’s burdens, honour one another, accept one another, teach one another, serve one another, encourage one another, pray for one another and love one another. You get the message. We are commanded to love one another.’

[Note: The UCB Word For Today, 10/7/2014]

It’s not always easy. You are not easy to love sometimes, are you? Neither am I. Oswald Chambers said: “God loves me not because I am lovable, but because it is His nature to do so. And now He says to me, ‘show the same love to others – love as I have loved you. I will bring any number of people about you whom you cannot respect, and you must show my love to them as I have shown it to you.”

[Note: Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, (2000 edition), Worcester: Oswald Chambers Publications, p.138 ]

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