I want to share something that has been on my heart for awhile now. It's about loving others and how we treat other people. Now, I want to remind the reader that I am not a writer. I would personally do this in "podcast" form which I may eventually do. In the Gospel of John, chapter 13:34-35, Jesus says to His disciples: "A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are mydisciples, if you love one another."
Why this has been on my heart lately is because of the lack of love I personally see in my life, the church I pastor (also the church at large), where I live, etc. As Christians we are told to love, in 1st John 4:20 (see picture below)
We read a very powerful verse about love: We love because "He" first loved us and then we read that if we say we love God but "hate" our brothers then we are liars. If you are reading this and are a believer in Jesus Christ this verse should unsettle you and cause you to examine the relationships in your life.
How can I say that I love God but yet harm my neighbor by gossip, lying, malice, etc. You get the point. How can we claim fellowship with our Savior and yet point fingers in anger. I just wanted to share this with all of you, not to condemn but to encourage us to love our neighbors. I could write probably 10 parts to this with accompanying Scripture but I trust that the Lord will open our hearts to His Word that was revealed today.
I'll close with Colossians 3:13, where Paul writes: "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
May we extend love and forgiveness to others as we have been forgiven in Christ Jesus.