Fervent love

BethanySMC - Friday, 6 July 2012 04:17

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. 1Pet 1:22

 One of the marks of a true disciple of Christ is pure love for all who have joined the family of God. Although, it is a commandment to love even our enemies and we have no excuse or reason not to love people; love toward one another in the family of God is raised on a much higher level.

According to 1 John 5, “we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments” – love and obedience really proves a man’s spirituality.  In 1 John 4, we read “he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”  We can claim and profess anything we want. We can do lots of good deeds and impress people with gifts and talents, but without love it is worth nothing.

Without love, obedience becomes religion, service for the Lord – obligation, relationships – hypocrisy.  In the churchof Jesus Christ, everyone and everything must be saturated with love. Love should be the reason why we do things, act a certain way, the things we say – even rebuke, reproof or correction. Our concern must be genuine, motives- sincere, relationships- pure and trustworthy; the presence of our love should be felt by every heart who is among the children of God.  Jesus said: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” John13:35.

Although, love is a word that is greatly misused and abused in our culture – yet, the presence of true love is felt and cannot be resisted. When Christians put others’ interests before their own, when they glow after they had a chance to help someone, when they are really excited and enthusiastic about the fellowship they have with one another – there is no need to convince anybody of the presence of love. That’s what we should aim for and put our effort to maintain at all times.

If we sense that love has gone from our midst, we should not rest until it is recovered. Let’s look at a family where the husband and wife don’t feel like loving each other anymore- yes, they can go through the motions of being together, perhaps raising children together, even sleeping together; however, unless love is restored- no matter what is achieved, there is nothing to be proud of. Same thing in the family of God – love must be a priority, a root and foundation on which all is build. There are some things a person can do if he/she does not feel like loving anymore. Purification of the soul through the Spirit of God, true repentance and a fresh look at Jesus must take place; relationship with Him must be established before love for others can be restored. If we truly love Jesus – we will love people, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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