Christianity is all about relationships: our relationship with (1) God and (2) others. That’s pretty much it.
So how exactly are we supposed to relate to our fellow earthlings, many of whom are nearly as messed up as we are? We’ll be answering that question all week long, as we look at how the Bible fills in the above blank.
We’ll start with some of Jesus’ parting words to his disciples. Knowing he was about to leave them, he said this:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:33-35)
These words were recorded by John, who refers to himself throughout the gospel he penned as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” It’s said that when John was old and too feeble to walk, he would be carried into church to preach. Here’s all he would say:
Little children, love one another.
That’s the Gospel in a nutshell. So, here’s our first fill-in-the-blank:
LOVE ONE ANOTHER