It comes as no surprise that the Verse of the Day for February 14, 2017, Valentine’s Day, should remind us to “love one another”:
John 13:34-35 (NKJV):
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
This clear exhortation is repeated not only in the Gospel of John but in more than a dozen other places throughout the New Testament where believers are commanded “to love one another.” Jesus Christ is the model, the standard of love whose demonstration of the love of God we must follow.
The Epistle of 1 John echoes the same sentiments regarding the love of God, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:
1 John 4:7-11
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
The Holman Standard Bible describes the exhortation to love in this way:
[ Love, Our Primary Duty ] Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Dr. Martin Luther King has also offered this reminder:
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day love should be the foundation upon which every relationship is built, as this poetic excerpt reminds us:
To decide, demonstrate, freely give and practice love:
The platform whereby we must build all relationships
And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.
This time Kathy Troccoli and Friends offer yet another reminder to love one another: