** This series of posts is designed to help Super Summer Students transition back into normal life after a glorious week. These posts should be helpful to any Christian wanting to grow and work through basic issues of Christian living. **
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
One of the greatest joys of Super Summer is being together with like-minded believers. We love being around people who are like us. Students talk regularly about the awesome feeling of meeting people their own age who are committed to Christ.
This experience stands out to students so clearly because not many have a youth group full of devoted followers of Christ. Thus, when we return home, many experience a sort of let down. The local church does not feel like Super Summer. The local church is full of people whose bad habits, short tempers, and general foibles we all know. The local church that most of us go to will not have a group of thirty other people who are our age, who are going through our experiences, and who are committed to the same things we are committed to.
So, what do you do when you get home? What do you do when the music is not played as well, as loud, or as fast as when you were at Super Summer? What do you do when there aren’t even two other people your age who are trying to follow Christ? What do you do when there aren’t even two other people your age?
What did you learn to do at Super Summer? One thing that I know you learned was to take seriously the word of God. You were challenged to obey that word, no matter what the cost. Is that true of you?
If it is true, then you need to take the commands of God seriously regarding the local church. It is your job, whether young or old, to obey the commands God has given you about the life of the local church. And the commands that you will see below are all about how you treat other believers. The clearest place for you to obey these commands is right there in your local church, even if you are the only one your age.
So, here is what I want to challenge you to do. Read the list below. Perhaps even look up these verses to see the commands in context. Then pray and ask God how you can do these things in your own church. How can you fulfill the biblical “one anothers” in your church toward the senior adults, toward people your parents’ age, toward youth both committed and not, and toward the young children. God has you in your local church for a reason. If you close off to the people who are not like you, you will not be able to fulfill his commands regarding others. No, God does not make it easy. But, if you will obey, there will be the joy of his glory, no matter how others respond to you.
One Another Sayings (this is not a complete list, but it is a great start)
John 13:14 – Wash one another’s feet (humbly serve one another)
John 13:34 – Love one another
Romans 12:10 – Be devoted to one another in brotherly love
Romans 12:16 – Live in harmony with one another.
1 Corinthians 12:25 – have equal concern for each other
Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another; forgive each other
Colossians 3:9 – Do not lie to each other
Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other; Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another
1 Thessalonians 4:9 – Love each other
1 Thessalonians 4:18 – encourage each other
1 Thessalonians 5:11 – Encourage each other; build one another up
1 Thessalonians 5:13 – Live in peace with each other
1 Thessalonians 5:15 – Be kind to each other
Hebrews 13:1 – Keep on loving each other as brothers
James 5:9 – Do not grumble against each other
James 5:16 – Confess your sins to each other; Pray for each other
1 Peter 4:8 – Love each other deeply
1 Peter 4:9 – Offer hospitality to one another