Imagine kids joining street gangs to find love, acceptance, and companionship! Part of the problem involves the breakdown of families. Many parents lack love for each other and for their children. And so the children have no models to follow. Then when they see a close knit street gang, they want in!
But the Bible provides a model for love. Jesus tells us, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). And Jesus’ words fit right in with the Ten Commandments. John, the apostle of love, points this out. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments” (1 John 5:3).
You see, when we obey our parents, we love them. When we protect the property of others, we are loving them. When we preserve the chastity of our girl friend, we are loving her. When we do all we can to preserve human life, we are acting in love. When we refuse to gossip about others but protect their name, we are loving them. These are the attributes of love. And they remain a real positive standard for love. They may be old fashioned because they reflect God’s Ten Commandments. But contrary to popular opinion, “His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 3:5). And kids involved in street gangs are looking for just this kind of love!
To help you understand this better, please click here and watch a short video called “The New Commandment to Love.”