Focus: John 13:34-35 - KJV
34. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
1 John 3:11-23
The mind of God is that we love one another because in the strict sense, we are all from the same source and ought to relate as such. There are many ways by which we show love to one another and there are also many ways by which we offend in this assignment. One of such ways is through the use of our tongues. Like the Bible says, the tongue is one of the smallest members of the body, yet it carries the power of life and death. Anyone who is able to put his tongue in check is not likely to offend in any other thing. There is a man who is known to be working out his salvation with fear and trembling but has a shortcoming in the use of his tongue. Recently, he said so many terrible things, albeit true, about an old acquaintance of his and after the words had gone forth, he regretted the things said and wept bitterly thereafter, as he was not able to recall the things said. If we are to love one another like the Lord instructs, then we won’t say things that would cause listeners to detest the party we speak of. Rather we should say things that will draw love to him.
The standard of the Lord for us in loving one another is just like He has loved us. This means, just like Jesus saw us as sinners and took us over unto Himself, washed us clean in His blood and made us His bride. Of course, He also died that we may live. To love one another therefore, we must be ready to sacrifice for the wellbeing of one another. Yes, one of the principles of God is that we should not lie. However, it seems if we lie to save a life, it meets the purpose of God; and since God upholds purpose above principle, we will not be accounted to have sin. It is just like saying doing any work on the sabbath is forbidden, compared with saving a soul on the sabbath. Or, not being unequally yoked with unbeliever and relating with an unbeliever just to fulfill God’s purpose and ransom his soul. Rahab, apart from being a gentile was a whore. Yet she served God’s purpose in protecting Joshua’s spies and putting up a lie for the purpose. Yet God saved her.
Beloved, we have long been acting petty in relating with one another in that we assume judgmentally, often times, that someone is a sinner and therefore, we should not associate with him. If we are to love one another like Christ loves us, then we will enter to dine with sinners just so that we may win them over, just like Christ did. Many times, we fail in achieving the purpose of God because we get blinded to it in our petty ways of segregation. Remember the story of the good Samaritan. Those that were the custodians of “faith” ignored the injured because they could not be bothered and they were out to accomplish principle while they fell out of purpose. Let us make it a point of duty to be nice to all from today, that God’s purpose may be fulfilled through us.
SOLUTION: Open your mind and close your eyes to the misdeeds of people that is making you segregate them from your love. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Be like Christ, bury the offense that is causing you to close your mind to your neighbor, which is possibly the enemy’s tool to prevent you from fulfilling purpose.
Please pray: Father, I want to be more like you. Help me to love my brethren and indeed everyone I come across just like you love me without countenancing my fault. You that saved Rahab a harlot from destruction because she stood for your purpose, please save me also and keep me in love in the name of Jesus Christ. Let every seed of bitterness in me against anyone and everyone be uprooted today, in Jesus’ name.
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