It’s A Command, Not A Suggestion

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  (John 13:34–35, NIV 1984). 

My Musings – Brotherly love, it’s getting rarer in the world today, but what about the Church?  People get upset. Rather than work to resolve it, or if not resolved to their liking, they forsake the local assembly and move on to a church that is more to their liking.  Until the next thing that upsets them.  My brothers and sisters, “this should not be.”  If our ability to get along is indistinguishable from the world, how will all men (and women) “know that [we] are [His] disciples?

My Advice – “Love one another.”  This was not a request by our Lord.  It was a command.  So, if for our part, we are not extending love to at least our fellow believers, we are being disobedient.  Relationships are hard work.  Abandoning them is easy.  But leaving with unresolved disputes or otherwise on bad terms, will follow you wherever you go.  Likely resulting in similar results wherever you end up.  Do the hard work.  Do what the Lord commanded.  Let the world “know that you are [His] disciple.

Get Together

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand (listen!)
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at your command

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

— The Youngbloods 

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

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