From Pastor’s Desk: 7-8-12
Walk in love, as Christ, also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour (Eph 5:20.
Among the saints on earth
Let mutual love be found;
Heirs of the same inheritance,
With mutual blessings crown’d.
There is nothing more satisfying than mutual love. Loving someone, however, can be a bad experience. Love for another person, no matter how strong, is, at best, strained and frustrating if that person does not reciprocate in a positive way. In fact, horrible things have been attributed to that kind of relationship.
A lot of problems, then, within relationships, are caused by lack of mutual love. In relation to the church, however, there is no choice in the matter. We are to love one another unequivocally. Various Scripture tells us to love one another, by love serve one another, be kind to one another, forgive one another, confess faults to one another, pray for one another, and, probably the hardest, be subject to one another.
The Bible puts such emphasis on loving each other that we find in 1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abides in death.” There is nothing to be read into that verse. It means what it says, and says what it means. If we don’t love each other, resulting in all the things mentioned in the second paragraph, we’re simply not going to make it, spiritually. Many people who profess Christianity but don’t love are, I’m afraid, going to be very surprised when they stand before the Judgment.
It might be well to think of how God feels when He love us so much and we don’t love Him. He longs for a mutual love relationship with us. Why else would send His only Son to die for us? Why else would His Son submit Himself to death for us? For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)