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John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
‘They don’t know,’ the words echoed through my head as I pulled the pins of hurt from my heart. How can family and friends turn their back on someone they have professed to love? Yet it happens. It is happening. If it were only those that do not know God, then we could easily shake it off, but I’m afraid it has slipped into the family of God, leaving many as unloved cast-offs.
Let’s first take a look at the world, or those that don’t know Christ. It is interesting that I have firsthand experience with two types. One is friends and family that have written off someone they have supposedly ‘loved.’ The other has professed love and lives it out, going the extra mile to help.
I won’t dwell on this long, but throughout my life I have witnessed the unsaved loving unconditionally and coming to the rescue when those that are ‘saved’ turn their backs and hold grudges. Not to say that the ability to love unconditionally negates all the other sinful areas of their lives, but it is an interesting characteristic for the unsaved to have, while the saved find it difficult to love their brother.
And even this week I have come to realize that the unsaved can easily turn their back on the castoff, because they themselves do not know the love of Christ. They do not know firsthand the power of deliverance.
With that said, let’s look at the church.
The pews are filled today with ‘saints’ that have written someone off. I have heard it said that the Christian Army is the only army that slaughters its wounded. Growing up in church I have witnessed this firsthand. People have been ostracized from churches because of a ‘sin.’ And family members have been disowned because of a behavior.
But what does Christ say? Well, actually He says much about forgiveness! There was one statement that summed His feelings up: Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. And He says a lot about love! A new commandment that I give unto you, that you love one another. That was the words of Jesus! Nowhere in this sentence does it say love only those that appease you, or make you look good, or follow all the rules (you can fill in the blanks); He commands for us to love one another! He doesn’t suggest that it would be a good idea! Yet, we pick and choose whom we are going to love!
Jesus had every reason to hate! He had every reason to ostracize. He had every reason because people treated him miserably, on more than one occasion. Yet, even as He hung on the cross He asked His Father to forgive, simply because they didn’t know what they were doing.
Ultimate love! Can we love as Jesus did? Yes, if it were not possible He wouldn’t have given us the command. He wouldn’t ask us or tell us to do something that is impossible, but we also must recognize that it’s not possible to do within ourselves. We must have the love of Christ abiding within us. Our spiritual fruit tree must be thriving.
And it is interesting to note that the first of the spiritual fruits listed is love. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
The love mentioned in Galatians 5 is agape love! Having brotherly love, affection, good will and benevolence. The love mentioned in John 13, a new commandment that I give you is that you love one another, this is Agapao love; which means to welcome, to entertain; to be fond of and to dearly love.
So, with all of that said, as Christians, if we are bold enough to say we love Jesus, we must be bold enough to love those that are unlovable!
I John 4: 7-12 (emphasis added)
Beloved let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
If you find yourself turning your back on someone that does not fit into your ‘perfect’ world, or is not copasetic to your way of life, you may want to take a look at the cross. I’ve had to do this on more than one occasion. I have been guilty of classifying, and declassifying. I’ve been guilty of turning my back and judging due to my feelings were hurt, or I was offended, or angered by someone’s words or actions.
But ultimately I have found myself at the foot of the cross recognizing that if it were not for the love of Christ and the ultimate sacrifice that He made, I would be one of the castoffs! Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. If it were not for His grace and mercy, I would have no hope. I would be incapable of change!
And why are we to love?
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35
Lets look at the parable of the Good Samaritan. Luke 10: 30-37 (emphasis added)
And Jesus answering said, a certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Interesting who walked right past this person, and just as interesting is who stopped and helped! How many have we walked past? How many have we shunned because they didn’t smell right, or dress right, or act right and on and on? And yet, as Jesus tells this story, his command is: Go and do likewise!
It is time we look at the work accomplished on the cross and consider whom it was for. The blood was not shed for the innocent, but for the guilty! I believe that we all fall into that category! That’s right, we all are sinners saved by grace!
So, are you bringing forth fruit of ‘love?’ Or has you fruit tree withered? Are you enjoying the love of Christ and therefore spreading the love of Christ? This means within your four walls and outside of your four walls!
The person that enters your personal space, even today, just might be a divine appointment. They just might be the one you are suppose to show the ‘love’ of Christ too. If you cannot find it in yourself to love those that have hurt you or used you, then I admonish you to stay at the cross until you are able to do so through Christ! Again, the work accomplished on the cross was for all!
The world? Well they don’t know the Love of God.
Christians? We do know! Now what are we doing with it?
I John 4: 7-12 (emphasis added)
Beloved let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
© July 2005 Jounda LaMance
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04 Jul 2005
Powerful anointed writing. How True the Love of God is so Powerful and touches the lives of those all around us. It is a Golden ray of Hope and Healing to the hurting and Joy to the soul.Oh Jesus Love and Mercy;His Awesome Love on the Cross.
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