John 13:35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
True commitment and devotion to Jesus Christ will cause a greater esteem and care for fellow believers if we are openly honest with ourselves and others. My relationship with God is based upon obedience to His Word and trust in His ever present grace and mercy. If my faith in God is a source of judging others it is nothing but spiritual pride. I must ever acknowledge that whatever I am in God is the result of His Holy Spirit – my obedience to and love for Jesus Christ is the result of Him loving me first. God loved me when I was spiritually unlovable – that love was expressed on the cross when I did not deserve or desire it. It is reasonable that Jesus would want us to transfer His love to others especially those who desire to know Him. The closer I get to the Lord the more I am compelled to share and encourage that same intimacy with others. The love our Lord expects of me is a willingness to serve and promote the growth of every believer. God is not asking for an emotional love – but a love that promotes, serves and esteems others. We must revel in the grace and mercy of God, but we must not understate our responsibility to obedience and holiness – we do not produce mature believers by emphasizing our earthly benefit and blessing without clearly declaring our responsibility to humbly submit ourselves to God’s commands and requirements. We may disagree with the process or procedure of our religion, but we must be eternally united in the purpose and provision of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 31/ Luke 6:1-26; Judg. 11,12