- Jim Corbett
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“I have designed you to be advocates one to another. I have called you to watch out for your brother’s or sister’s best interests before your own. You are to lay your life down for them. That is the very basic heart involvement toward one another if you call yourself followers of My Son. There are no options. If you act in any other way toward each other, you are denying My love to them. You are a hypocrite if you do not love one another and then profess love for Me. Your praises are empty. Your worship is nothing but lies. Turn from carnal feelings and sensual motivations. Love one another as freely as you breathe. You will then testify of My love for you to a world that needs to understand the wonders of the cross.”
John 13:34-35 NIV
34) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
35) All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
John 15:12-14 NIV
12) “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
13) Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
14) You are my friends if you do what I command.”
1 John 4:20a NIV
If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar.
It is always fascinating how we pick and choose the Bible verses that allow us to remain in our carnal ways of thinking, by-passing those that are definitive commands to follow. The Word is very clear about how we, as followers of Christ, are to act one to another; yet we gloss over some of the commands - not suggestions - of the Lord as if He really didn’t mean what He said.
The word “friend” in John v.14 above is a covenant term. Jesus was making a covenant statement about how we are to act one to another if we say we are in covenant with Him. It looks like He said we are “in covenant” with Him IF we love each other in the same manner that He loved us. Wasn’t He the One who gave up His life for us?
Yikes, Lord! Turn my heart to Your ways,