Loving other Christians: A brief look at love and the book of Philemon
Do you notice coldness in Christian circles or the warmth of Christ’s love?
“And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matt. 24:12)
How we choose to love is a tell-tale sign of whether or not we are a real Christian. I have noticed that many of the cults teach on love and promote love as they hide behind Christianity. One such cult is the Sozo cult.
Once someone crosses their path whom they do not like, they withdraw love. They choose hate instead. This makes them hypocritical like the ancient Pharisees.
As Christians, we must remember that we are to fulfill the “law of love”. In fact, loving God and others is the highest command.
I came across this in my Bible this morning:
“God is love. Since we are His children we must walk in love. In fact, John says that if we do not love, we do not know God. Love is more than just words; it is actions. Love is giving, not getting. Biblical love is unconditional in its nature. Christ’s love fulfilled those qualities and when that brand of love characterizes us, we will be free of self-condemnation and experience confidence before God.” (See source; Emphasis mine)
Are you a Christian? If so, do you fulfill Christ’s “law of love”?
I was also reading the book of Philemon the other day. This book contains a picture of the tender-hearted love that Christ wants us to possess.
The following passage is from Philemon:
“So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.” (Phil. 1:17-21)
Do you find that Christian love is hard to find these days?
I have known loving, genuine Christians and I have known professing Christians who are unloving. What about you?
Source: The Holy Bible, NKJV. (1982). Thomas Nelson, Inc. p. 1398