(I did not write this for judgemental purposes but self-examination purpose.)
Nowadays for most people “love for one another” is just a word found in the tongue of men but in their hearts the opposite and yet we still manage to convince ourselves that we are abiding in the love of God. However do not be alarmed for this must also be fulfilled as described in the Holy Scriptures: “For men shall be lovers of their own selves…” and again “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. John 15:12 KJV
We must consistently remind ourselves that God did not call us to be in spite against one another but to lay down our lives for one another as God laid His down for us.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 KJV
If we love to the extent of giving our lives for one another being the most precious gift from God what else should be too complicated for us to distribute for one another?
For some only love to the extent that it allows them not to bear the burden of one another, and yet we are to bear one another’s burdens for that is to fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
My intentions with this devotional are not to try to give the impression that there’s no love at all for one another in the Christian communities, but I aim to nullify all excuses that we have as to why we cannot grow in the love of Christ.
We must not love with words only but with deeds and in truth (1 John 3:18).
I often hear these justifications that sound like this “we are only humans” and “no one is perfect” as long as we have excuses and believing in them more than the word of God we will never grow, besides how did it occur to us to believe that this was an alternative? Is it not written that:
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40 KJV
Therefore well-beloved of God let us open our hearts that the love of Christ may grow in us instead of giving an excuse as to why we have resentment toward our fellow brothers in Christ.
And to those who are without Christ let us not repay them evil for evil or insult for insult comprehending that our calling is to bless and that vengeance belongs to God alone.