A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35)
Today's Morsel: John was known as the disciple whom Jesus loved. And love seems to set the stage for John's writings to us. John seems to have found the key to Christian living, the unifying bond between different classes of people, and the mark that would distinguish the church from the world. Paul said that we should let love be without dissemination. In other words let it be real and sincere and without hypocrisy. Love is the most unnatural of all virtues. I believe that is why God has made it the defining characteristic of His people. Jesus said that it is by this that all men shall know that you are my disciples. So love is our mark. Paul said that prophecy will fail, tongues will cease, and knowledge will vanish away, but love will never fail (1 Corinthians 13:8). Jesus isn't going to be where there is not love. Jesus said that we are his friend, if we do whatsoever He commands us. And He gave us a new commandment, "that you love one another as He has loved us." You know we only obtain perfection in an area when we do the things that we know that we ought to do. John J. Hugo said, " One's love for God is equal to the love one has for the man he loves least." James said, "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors"(James 2:8-9). John the beloved disciple also said, "In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother" (1 John 3:10). Who do you belong to?
Sing: I love Him! I love Him! Because He first loved me. He purchased my salvation, on Calvary!