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The Byproduct of True Love
10/30/2012

 

…that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 1 Corinthians 12:25 (NKJV)

All too often I see a rift or break in the fellowship or friendship of believers over something they disagree upon.  Don’t get me wrong, there will be times when we disagree with each other, or even when a particular attribute of another rubs us the wrong way, but how are we to deal with these issues according to our Lord.  Well, I think first and foremost, we need to do everything in love—not just warm and fuzzy type love, but in a unique and godly way—the same type of love we should be giving to our Lord.  We see Jesus speaking of this type of love in the Book of Matthew. 

One day a Pharisee confronted Jesus and he asked Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus responded by quoting Deuteronomy 6:5,You shall love the LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.”  He then told him, “This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:36-40 NKJV)

Jesus was giving every one of us, as His followers, a principle by which we are to live, and are to be identified by others—it is love.  Our love for God is to be so consuming it will affect every aspect of our life.   It is only when we desire to be right with Him, and want to please Him, we will find a desire for our actions to be in line with His will—it is a byproduct of our love for Him.  Jesus spoke about this very thing when He said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another,” meaning there would be no mistake in knowing who was a believer and who was not—their love for each other would be evident to all.

Q:         So how will the byproduct of our true love for God manifest itself within our lives, so as to be evident to all?

Well, there are many ways, but here are just a few our Bibles tell us of. 

  • If our love for God is true it will be our desire to be of one mind with other believers; we will have a compassion for one another; we will love as brothers, being tenderhearted and courteous towards others (1 Pet. 3:8). 
  • If our love for God is true we will have a fervent love for one another as believers, and our love will cover a multitude of sins (1 Pet. 4:8). 
  • If our love for God is true and we find we have offended another, we will have no problem going to them and confessing our sins to them, and we will pray for each other, knowing this prayer will avail much in our relationship and Christian walk (James. 5:16). 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Cor. 12:25, when is it okay to have a rift or division between two believers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you allowed the enemy to cause a rift between you and another believer?

APPLICATION: If we have an issue with another believer let’s seek the Lord’s wisdom and Word in prayer and then go to them and share our heart to seek forgiveness of our part and to be reconciled as much as it depends on us (Rom. 12:9-18). 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for showing us how to deal with issues properly.  Help us to love others in the way You desire.  Give us Your heart of compassion and mercy towards others.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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