A responsive reading including:
Ephesians 4:31 – 5:2
1 John 3:14 – 18
1 John 4:7
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you,
you should love each other.
Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead.
Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart.
And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.