Brother Love

July 27, 2017

throughout the New Testament we are told to love our neighbor. But how do we go about that task? John explains: “It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love” (2Jn 4–6).

 John’s twin commands to “walk in truth” (obey God) and “walk in love” (love our neighbors) are inextricably tied together. Just as we show our love for God by obeying him, we show our love for others—particularly our brothers and sisters in Christ—by keeping God’s commandments.

 Here are two things we should know about love and obedience:

  ➤ We need both love and truth—Christians are often tempted to focus on one or the other to the exclusion of both. But we need both together to truly love our neighbors. If we do not, as Paul told the Ephesians, speak truth in love (see Eph 4:15), we are not modeling Christ. Similarly, if we withhold the truth about what God requires, we are not expressing love but showing hate for someone.

 For instance, when we share the gospel we can’t give people the impression they can continue to engage in their favorite sin and still be a follower of Jesus. You do not love your neighbor by encouraging them to engage in actions that invoke God’s wrath (see Ps 5:4–5; Ro 1:18). At times we might need to put up with ungodly behavior, but the moment we begin to endorse it then we, too, have become suppressers of the truth. You cannot love your neighbor and want to see them excluded from the kingdom of Christ (see Eph 5:5).

 ➤ Our obedience prevents “spillover” effects—Every sin affects other people because there are no sins that do not transform us into ungodly, unloving creatures. The effects of our own sin have an effect on our neighbors, so when we refuse to obey God’s commands, we will indirectly affect their lives.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for Paul k, Thursday Morning, 630am central time goes in for his removal of his kidney due to cancer, pray for the surgeon as well as courage and swift healing for this great friend of mine.

Pray for me as well, I’m in need of a real blessing, I’ve been on the backside of the wilderness, a trial of all trials, today really knocked it out of me. I don’t know what the Lord is preparing me for but it must be fantastic.

 

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