John 13:34,35 - So I give you a new command: Love each other deeply and fully. Remember the ways that I have loved you, and demonstrate your love for others in those same ways. Everyone will know you as My followers if you demonstrate your love to others.
Do you know what metaphor for the church dominates the New Testament?
It’s the family.
The writings of Paul, Peter, and John in particular are punctuated with the language and imagery of family.
Consider the following examples:
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal. 6:10)
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Rom. 8:29)
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household. (Eph. 2:19)
Copied from: Viola, Frank. Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity . David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.
Can you think what will happen in your life if you decide to love others as you love yourself!
- In your marriage or your relationship with your love one
- In your family - father, mother, siblings, kids, grandparents, other family members
- In all of your friendships
- In your business, or at work, where you study
- In your neighbourhood
- In your town or city
- n your country
- On your continent
- In the world