There’s an ancient tradition in the Church about the Apostle John. The story says that when John was an old man, he had to be carried to the congregational gatherings by brothers in Christ.
At these meetings, he apparently spoke the same idea time after time: “Little children, love one another!” So, after hearing this over and over, the others got tired of John always saying the same words. They asked John, “Why do you always say this?”
John responded, “It is the Lord’s command, and if this alone be done, it is enough!” I think that’s profound.
Now, we don’t know for sure that this happened, but reading the letter that we refer to as 1 John – it sure seems possible.
1 John 3:11 tells us, “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
1 John 4:7-8 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
From there, John goes on to talk about how God manifested His love toward us by sending Jesus to redeem us. And then he carries that thought farther by adding, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11)
And then, several verses further along, comes these words: “We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:19-21)
Over and over John hammers that idea home. Love one another. Love one another. Love one another.
Maybe we should pay attention to that.