Of the forty or fifty calls to one another one another in the New Testament, this is the first occurrence, and therefore it sets the precedent for how we should approach these instructions given to the community of faith. This particular instruction to “have peace
“Talk is cheap,” they say. Perhaps this is particularly and painfully true when it comes to love. Perhaps this is why we are exhorted by John, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).