Love One Another
- Date: April 4, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
- From No Greater Love
Where we're headed is for John 13. Let's look there real quickly. We've referred to this many times in the teaching already, in the last couple of sessions. We can all quote it John 13:35 "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, [How are they going to know?, when you] have love one to another." Love, strong affection. Not only an emotional soul-affection, but a spiritual union, a oneness. We are one body, of which Jesus is the head. We are members one of another. We saw last session that if we are really hooked in the way that it's supposed to be, when one of hurts; we're all to hurt! I'm not talking about human empathy. I'm talking about in the spiritual realm where we, as the body of Christ, are affected by the needs that are in our midst. As we've shared before on teaching on the body, we all, as members of this body, when we love one another, like white blood cells we rush to the aid to whatever part of this body needs healing. We all do it differently, possibly. Sometimes we'll physically go there and minister to them. Sometimes we'll bring certain aspects that they might have need of. Sometimes it's just intercession. But beloved, it is never complacency. It should never be that I am so distracted with my own schedule, my own pleasures, my own pursuit of my ambitious goals that I don't have time to care for any member in the body of Christ. I'm not just talking about here; I'm talking about the body of Christ, but primarily the community of which you're a part.
There's so much distraction today because of all the ability to be transient. We run all over and we have all those different secular responsibilities. You know, progress has not been a good thing, tragically. All this progress we have, all it's done is to continue to pull apart the body of Christ, the church, the family to bring about individualism instead of unity and dependence. It's tragic where it's going, but we continue to emphasize the love that we have for one another that will bring us into a unison, a unity, a one accord. And that's part of where we're going here as we've come off the faith aspect. We're now into the love part of this harmony, this unity. I'll tell you, it takes faith for us to be one! It takes faith for us to love! Galatians says "faith that worketh by love," (Galatians 5:6). See, we were talking about faith. We talked about the different aspects. Some of us are wanting to see faith, again, manifest in our lives where we're seeing signs and wonders and miracles. I'd like to see that too. How many of you are believing God for that? But I want to tell you something, that environment is not going to manifest without harmony and unity because where there's "envy and strife there's every evil work" (James 3:16). If we're crossways with one another and wanting to come in and expect the Holy Spirit to move, I want to tell you something, that kind of attitude grieves the Holy Ghost!
Harmony and peace and unity and love is the environment that the Spirit of God moves in. Some of us just kind of blow off things, and it's like, "Well, we don't hang out like we used to." "They're a family member so it's our right to get ticked off with them for a while." "I've just left that group, went over and joined this group." Where's the love, the humility, the care? Can we just walk away from people that used to be involved in our lives and say, "I found another group over here?" Were we really loving them and caring for them? Who's the object of importance when we can begin to do that kind of stuff? This is all about self whenever there becomes schism. Whenever we begin to devalue what used to be valuable to us, then we've overvalued ourselves. Should I say that again? Whenever we begin to devalue what used to be valuable to us, we've overvalued ourselves.