Do we truly love each other?
Who is your worst favorite person in all the world? Do you have the name? I am sure it came to your mind in an instant. Now get on your knees and pray earnestly that God would give you His divine love for that person, enabling you to throw your arms around them, truly love them, and go all out to help them to come up to higher ground.
But wait a minute, let’s back up. First things must come first. God’s ten commandments show us first to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:38 says: “This is the first and great commandment.” Then: “The second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
Unless we take the first step in really truly knowing and loving God, we cannot receive from Him the love for our fellow men. Certainly this love from God is of utmost importance to us because Mrs. White tells us to read 1Corinthians chapter 13 every day! Nothing we do is of any use without it. Of all the gifts of the spirit the gift of true divine love is the most important. This is one gift that we all can, and must have if we desire Jesus and heaven at last.
Many many times Mrs. White tells us we must have faith that works by love and purifies the soul. So this tells me that in order to have faith and a pure heart I must own this divine love. Here are three quotes:
1. Revelation 3:17, 18. “The gold tried in the fire is faith that works by love. Only this can bring us into harmony with God. We may be active, we may do much work; but without love, such love as dwelt in the heart of Christ, we can never be numbered with the family of heaven.”
2. “My brethren, the Lord calls upon you to examine the heart closely. He calls upon you to adorn the truth in your daily practice, and in all your dealings with one another. He requires of you a faith that works by love and purifies the soul.” Counsels on Health 355
3. The powers of darkness stand a poor chance against believers who love one another as Christ has loved them, who refuse to create alienation and strife, who stand together, who are kind, courteous, and tender-hearted, cherishing the faith that works by love and purifies the soul. We must have the Spirit of Christ, or we are none of His.” Sons and Daughters of God 36
Oh dear fellow pilgrims, we have a lot to learn about true love for Jesus and for one another!! Without His love we are none of His! How many believers in our very own church are upset at one another, unable to work together, holding grudges, and irritated. Oh dear ones, as we dwell upon the mistakes and things we don’t like in others, we lose sight of the Saviour and His love! Our vital connection to Him is LOST! What a tragedy!
In Paul’s day, “The believers began to look for defects in others. Dwelling upon mistakes, giving place to unkind criticism, they lost sight of the Saviour and His love.” Acts of the Apostles 548
Mrs. White states: “It is not the opposition of the world that most endangers the church of Christ. It is the evil cherished in the hearts of believers that works their most grievous disaster and most surely retards the progress of God’s cause. There is no surer way of weakening spirituality than by cherishing envy, suspicion, faultfinding, and evil surmising. . . In the church of God today brotherly love is sadly lacking. Many who profess to love the Saviour do not love one another. . Let Christians not make it possible for the enemy to point to them and say, Behold how these people standing under the banner of Christ, hate one another!”
1Corithians 1:10 “I beseech you therefore brethren by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Mrs. White had a dream one night. She “seemed to be standing before a large number of people who were not united. One would stand back while another desired to go forward. They were not standing in unity one with another. She saw a heavenly being appear before them, and heard him say: “Come into line! No one is fighting a battle on his own charges. The Master of assemblies says, Come into line!” ….The Lord sees that it is not best for His children to be allowed to do as they please, and refuse to unite with their brethren who view matters somewhat differently from the way in which they may view them. ….God can never use anyone who is seeking to humble someone else. Humble yourselves, brethren. When you do this, it is possible for holy angels to communicate with you, and place you on vantage ground. Then your experience, instead of being faulty, will be filled with happiness and then you will be susceptible to the moving of His Holy Spirit.
The Lord is coming. The end of all things is at hand. There remains but little time in which to develop character.” This Day with God 35
Claim John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you that ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
It was a new commandment to the disciples after they witnessed Jesus death on the cross. It seems like a “New” commandment to me each day as, my heart keeps opening to see a new dimension of God’s beautiful, spotless love. As I consider the sufferings of Jesus, the crucifixion and resurrection and ascension to heaven, the gift of the Holy Spirit given out at Pentecost, and as I pray for a deeper understanding of these things, I have a clearer conception of the love of God and of the nature of that love which I must have for others. Actually, I have the feeling that I am at the very edge of something huge and beautiful. It catches my breath. I am amazed at His love. I am lost for words to describe it. My joy is overflowing. Certainly it is huge. It is exhaustless, endless and beautiful. The love of God will be our theme of study throughout eternity! Oh what a precious and wonderful Saviour!
If you see something in someone else that you do not like and you are tempted to feel negative or criticize, may it cause you to search your own heart, humble yourself and turn to Jesus pleading with Him to take away the contention and help you step into line with Him. We must help each other and lift each other up. Tears come into my eyes as I see the lateness of the hour and the success of the devil in causing divisions among us. Let us plead for His love and stand together dear friends!
“The strongest witness that God has sent His Son into the world is the existence of harmony and union among men of varied dispositions who form His church.” Acts of the Apostles 549
“In heaven their fitness as workers is measured by their ability to love as Christ loved and to work as He worked.” AA551
“Only the man who has unselfish love for his brother has true love for God.” AA 550
May each one of us will be filled to overflowing with this true love for God and all others is my constant prayer.