Love One Another Fervently
- Date: April 26, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently…” (1 Peter 1:22)
- From No Greater Love
We're to love as we've been loved. Now, part of that love, as we've been talking about, that love is brought to us while we're yet sinners. We don't wait for people to clean their act up and become perfect like us before we care for them. God cared for us "while we were yet sinners" (Romans 5:8).
How do we respond to those, who in our eyes, are the biggest goof-ups in our midst? Do we wait for them to get their act together? Or, do we go care for them and involve ourselves in their lives while they're still sinning and messed up? They're still in the 490-times-a-day league. And pretty soon we get so righteous and so offended by sin that we're tired of it and we don't want to go past seven times. "The 'seven times seventy' is offensive to me. I'm tired of that sin. It makes me sick." Do you know what? Any of you that have been involved in habitual sin, it makes them sick, too, doesn't it? How many of you have sinned in some area more than once? How many of you have been involved in habitual sin? What I mean is sin that is manifesting itself over and over in your life and it may be every day. It may be once a week. It may be once a month, but you're still battling that thing. Do you hate it? But those of us that become so righteous that these people that sinned seven times seventy in one day and we say, "There's no place for sin." When there is genuine repentance what does love do? It forgives! And yet, we've got people in here holding grudges against people who've repented! They've repented! How holy are you? You're not going to love more than God.
So, this love that we're called to is unconditional based upon true biblical repentance, this love that we're to have for the unlovely, as we look from our superior position. I can't remember who the author was, but he said that if you are ever conscious of condescending or humbling yourself to come down to the level of somebody else, then you know nothing about humility. "Well, I guess I'll just lower myself down here and be humble to get with these people for a while." You don't have a clue what humility is. And do you know that there is no way to express love properly without humility, without the true understanding of self-worth? All love does is to cause you to be a voluntary servant to the object of your love. You've valued them to the place where you chose to serve, you choose to prefer. If that's not what you're doing you don't understand love. God loved so much, Philippians says, that Jesus humbled Himself and came in the form of man. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."
What do you think? Is the Golden Rule preeminent in your life? Are you living that way? It's the most basic commandment of Christianity. And here we are, a people that perceive themselves as well taught, mature. How did you respond to your brother the last time he cut in line in front of you? How did you respond the last time your feelings got hurt? How did you respond when somebody sinned against you? The most basic commandment, 1 Peter 1:22 as we saw. It's to be a love that comes through obeying the truth by the Holy Spirit unto an undisguised love of the brethren seeing that you "love one another with a pure heart fervently," white hot. I don't see anything in that passage that says, "loving the six people that you choose to love, fervently." Lord, increase our faith! We're to love one another across the board, here, fervently!