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Love one another intensely from the heart.”—1 PET. 1:22 "By this all will know you are my disciples"

 
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Love one another intensely from the heart.”—1 PET. 1:22 "By this all will know you are my disciples"
Love one another intensely from the heart.”—1 PET. 1:22.

Jesus talking to his faithful apostles.

On his last night with his apostles, Jesus emphasized love (See paragraphs 1-2)

1. What specific command did Jesus give his disciples? (See cover picture.)

ON THE night before he died, Jesus gave his disciples a specific command. He told them: “Just as I have loved you, you also love one another.” Then he added: “By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves.”—John 13:34, 35.
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2. Why is it important to show love for one another?

2 Jesus said that his true disciples would be clearly identifiable if they showed the same sort of love that he displayed. That statement was true in the first century, and it is true today. How important it is that we overcome any challenges and show love for one another!

3. What will we consider in this article?

3 Human imperfection makes it difficult for us to show intense love for one another. Even so, we must try to imitate Christ. In this article, we will consider how love helps us to be peacemakers, to be impartial, and to be hospitable. As you study the material, ask yourself: ‘What can I learn from brothers and sisters who have continued to show love for one another despite challenges?’
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BE A PEACEMAKER

4. According to Matthew 5:23, 24, why should we make peace with a brother who has something against us?

4 Jesus taught us the importance of making peace with a brother who has something against us. (Read Matthew 5:23, 24.) He emphasized that we need to maintain good relations with others if we are to please God. Jehovah is happy when we do our best to make peace with our brothers. He will not accept our worship if we hang on to resentment and refuse even to try to make peace.—1 John 4:20.
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5. What made it difficult for one brother to make peace?

5 We may find it difficult to make peace. Why? Consider what happened to Mark. * He felt hurt when a brother criticized him and said bad things about him to others in the congregation. How did Mark react? “I lost control and got angry,” he recalls. Afterward, though, Mark regretted his behavior and tried to apologize to the brother and restore peace with him. But the brother rejected Mark’s efforts. Initially, Mark thought, ‘Why should I keep trying if he does not want to make peace?’ However, the circuit overseer encouraged him not to give up. What did Mark do?
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5. What made it difficult for one brother to make peace?

5 We may find it difficult to make peace. Why? Consider what happened to Mark. * He felt hurt when a brother criticized him and said bad things about him to others in the congregation. How did Mark react? “I lost control and got angry,” he recalls. Afterward, though, Mark regretted his behavior and tried to apologize to the brother and restore peace with him. But the brother rejected Mark’s efforts. Initially, Mark thought, ‘Why should I keep trying if he does not want to make peace?’ However, the circuit overseer encouraged him not to give up. What did Mark do?
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Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

And then shall many be offended/stumbled, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.


FALSE PROPHETS
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LAWLESSNESS

= LOVE GROWS COLD, HATE ONE ANOTHER


A false prophet in the OT was said to never turn you to the law.
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Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

And then shall many be offended/stumbled, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.


FALSE PROPHETS
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LAWLESSNESS

= LOVE GROWS COLD, HATE ONE ANOTHER


A false prophet in the OT was said to never turn you to the law.
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And the world continues to accelerate beyond the point of no return deteriorating into imploding desperate starving mass chaos
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6. (a) How did Mark pursue peace? (b) How did Mark apply Colossians 3:13, 14?

6 When Mark analyzed his thinking, he realized that he lacked humility and tended to be self-righteous. He recognized that he needed to change his attitude. (Col. 3:8, 9, 12) He humbly approached the brother again and apologized for his behavior. Mark also wrote letters to the brother, saying how sorry he was and how much he wanted to make a fresh start. Mark even gave the brother small gifts that he thought the brother would like. Sadly, the brother continued to hold a grudge. Nevertheless, Mark continued to obey Jesus’ command to love his brother and to be forgiving. (Read Colossians 3:13, 14.) Even when others do not respond to our efforts to make peace, true Christian love will help us to keep forgiving them and praying for a positive outcome.—Matt. 18:21, 22; Gal. 6:9.
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6. (a) How did Mark pursue peace? (b) How did Mark apply Colossians 3:13, 14?

6 When Mark analyzed his thinking, he realized that he lacked humility and tended to be self-righteous. He recognized that he needed to change his attitude. (Col. 3:8, 9, 12) He humbly approached the brother again and apologized for his behavior. Mark also wrote letters to the brother, saying how sorry he was and how much he wanted to make a fresh start. Mark even gave the brother small gifts that he thought the brother would like. Sadly, the brother continued to hold a grudge. Nevertheless, Mark continued to obey Jesus’ command to love his brother and to be forgiving. (Read Colossians 3:13, 14.) Even when others do not respond to our efforts to make peace, true Christian love will help us to keep forgiving them and praying for a positive outcome.—Matt. 18:21, 22; Gal. 6:9.
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More than one kind of approach may be needed to bury bad feelings (See paragraphs 7-8) *

7. (a) What did Jesus urge us to do? (b) What difficult situation did one sister face?

7 Jesus urged us to keep treating others the way we want to be treated. He added that we should not limit our love only to those who show love in return. (Luke 6:31-33) Though it would be unusual, what if someone in the congregation avoids you and refuses to greet you? That is what Lara experienced. She explains: “A sister ignored me, and I did not know why. I felt tense and did not enjoy going to the meetings.” At first, Lara reasoned: ‘I am not at fault. After all, others in the congregation also feel that this sister behaves strangely.’
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8 Lara took steps to make peace. She prayed to Jehovah and decided to talk to the sister. They spoke about the problem, hugged each other, and made peace. Everything seemed fine. Lara relates: “But later, the sister showed the same attitude toward me as she did earlier. I was so discouraged.” Initially, Lara felt that she could be happy only if the other sister changed her attitude. Eventually, though, Lara realized that the best thing she could do was to continue treating the sister with love and “freely forgiving” her. (Eph. 4:32–5:2) Lara remembered that true Christian love “does not keep account of the injury. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Cor. 13:5, 7) Lara regained her peace of mind. In time, the sister was friendlier with her. When you pursue peace with your brothers and sisters and continue loving them, you can be sure that “the God of love and of peace will be with you.”—2 Cor. 13:11.
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Re: Love one another intensely from the heart.”—1 PET. 1:22 "By this all will know you are my disciples"
BE IMPARTIAL

9. According to Acts 10:34, 35, why do we need to be impartial?

9 Jehovah is not partial. (Read Acts 10:34, 35.) When we are impartial, we prove that we are his children. We obey the command to love our neighbor as ourselves, and we maintain the peace of our spiritual family.—Rom. 12:9, 10; Jas. 2:8, 9.





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