One another doesn't just mean the people in your church or your family; it means everyone. "Love your enemies," Jesus instructs his disciples in the gospel of Luke chapter 6,"do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even "sinners" love those who love them. And If you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
This "new commandment" to love one another is certainly a challenge as when we are wronged, we want to take revenge, but as Christians we no longer cling to our mortal bodies but instead cultivate our spiritual bodies. We are known not for vengeful acts, but by our all-embracing attitude of love.
O God, form the minds of your faithful people into a single will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Worship services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Runge begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings with Bible Study and Sunday School following worship. The door is open to all. Call 830-239-4311 for a free Bible.