THE SERVANT GENERAL
LOVING ONE ANOTHER
LOVING AS GOD LOVES
Today’s reading: Ephesians 4:30-5:2
are called to the New Evangelization as the universal Church
and as parishes and Christian communities. The work of the
New Evangelization can only be effectively accomplished if
we move forward as one, in unity and peace. We after all are
spreading the love of Christ, and so we need to love one another
first and foremost.
the Church, religious congregations and lay communities are
oftentimes wracked by strife, disunity, division and even
splits and schisms. Such is a poor testament to the work of
God in us who have experienced the salvation of Jesus, who
have been given the Holy Spirit, and who are destined for
heaven. Such grieves God. “And do not grieve the holy
Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
then are we to do? There are those things to be avoided, and
those things to be nurtured. “All bitterness, fury,
anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along
with all malice.” (v.4:31). These are the things that
we do to each other. Such have no place in a person who manifests
the love of God. We are to love God and our neighbor and brethren.
can we avoid such things that come from our sinful flesh?
We look to God and His abundant grace poured out upon us.
As such, let us “be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.”
(v.4:32). We look not to our brother who might be hard to
love, but to Jesus who loved us even when we were sinners.
We also realize that God’s forgiveness is conditioned
on our forgiving others.
to love others, especially those hard to love, is difficult.
Indeed. But the call to do so is a manifestation of God’s
love for us, in that He wants to raise us to holiness in our
imitation of His ways. “So be imitators of God, as beloved
children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed
himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a
fragrant aroma.” (v.5:1-2). Jesus made the ultimate
sacrifice. In our loving those hard to love, we too are called
to be self-sacrificial. Only then can we become a fragrant
offering to God.