“And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
1 John 4:21
I have often used this statement, “Your maturity in the knowledge of God is measured by the way you treat people.”
Let me tell you this, you cannot grow in close relationship with God and not appreciate and esteem people.
God is loved through loving people. God is given through giving to people. For God is either seen or unseen in the people we live with everyday.
Show me a man who loves God, and I will show you a man who understands people; who exercises patience, kindness, forgiveness, and care towards people, especially those of the faith.
How you treat a brother or sister within your church environment is much more important than how you treat a nonbeliever.
Before you feed the nonbeliever ensure that your believing brother has enough to eat. This in no way is practicing favouritism, but it is simply the divine order of things.
Jesus, while speaking to His disciples said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
Wait! I thought going out to door-to-door evangelism is what shows the love of God for people. What of setting a crusade in an area for a week, doesn’t it portray the love of God for people?
What about visiting hospitals, and the prisons with some basic needs such as soap, pads, sugar, and clothes, don’t they manifest the love of God towards people?
Well, doing all those is good. However, all those good deeds will be watered down as long as there is no internal love within your small congregations as the brethren of a local church.
Your love for one another speaks volumes: love cannot be faked, love is not pretentious, and love even in the smallest volume can be noticed. And Jesus said, this is the very love that preaches of us to the outside world – love for one another.
Therefore, as born again Christians let us grow to love one another more and more. Start looking out towards your brother’s wellbeing, seek to know how they are faring, be more kind to them than you are to nonbelievers, feed a brother before you feed the heathen, because loving your brother is your primary ministry.
Lastly, it is a shame to take food and clothes outside the home when the member of your own household is dying of hunger and languishing in misery. It is such a big shame that not even your God can be pleased to witness it. May all the Glory be unto our God!
I Love You!
Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I thank You for this Word of grace. I know that by the Glory with which Your Word is spoken, is the Glory by which we are changed. I bridge every gap within the body of Christ, and I declare that Your love is mending hearts of broken Christians; those Christians abused within the Church walls, O God heal them, and deliver them to be loved, and to love again in the name of Jesus. Amen
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