“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are TAUGHT OF GOD to love one another” (1 Thessalonians 4:9).
Very few commands, if any, are repeated and reinforced time and time again in the New Testament, especially by the Lord Jesus, the apostle Paul, and the apostle John, as the command to “love one another.”
Our Heavenly Father expects His children to love one another in spite of their differences, distinctions, and their disagreements. Not only that, but according to Paul in his letter to the church at Thessalonica, we are TAUGHT OF GOD to do so!
Concerning being taught of God and led by God to love, I like what one author wrote:
Our aim under love is not to be loving to this or that person, or in this or that kind of situation, but to be a person possessed by love as an overall character of life, whatever is or is not going on. The “occasions” are met with from that overall character. I do not come to my enemy and then try to love them, I come to them as a loving person. Love is not a faucet to be turned on or off at will. God himself doesn’t just love me or you, he is love. … That is his identity, and explains why he loves individuals, even when he is not pleased with them.
Definitely words to ponder right there!
Loving our brothers and sisters in Christ in spite of our differences, distinctions, and disagreements, is not only a sign of spiritual maturity but it is the true badge of discipleship (JN 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; 1 JN 3:11-18; 4:7-21). Jesus said so!