Love Your Neighbor
- Date: August 5, 2013
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (1 John 4:20)
- From I Will Build My Church
We will have no unity without love. The Lord says it this way: �I want you to love your neighbor.� How are we doing, in that regard? That�s pretty simple. Paul takes it a step further as he begins to admonish us. He says, basically, �I want you to prefer your neighbor.� You cannot do it in the natural! We must walk in the Spirit. We must be able to daily embrace that cross, and experience the crucifixion of self-preference, self-will, and selfishness�all of these things that become a daily process�and we are responsible to continually remind one another of that. There should be absolutely no shame in going to anybody in here and asking for help. There is no excuse for anyone to not pursue needs in our midst to which we can lend life, peace, and the anointing with the healing oil of the Word of God. How do you see the body? How do you see the church? Where is it on your priority list? I�ll tell you where it is on Jesus� priority list: He died for it; and He ever lives to make intercession for us, as is seen very clearly in what He is praying about. If you want to peek in on Jesus� intercessory prayer, it is seen in John 17. His prayer is that we might be one, and that we might be prepared as His bride, His chaste virgin, whom He is coming to receive. What value have we put on the church? What value have we put on one another? When we say church, we are not talking about property, we are not talking about an organization, we are talking about this organism: all of us who are here who have committed to be of one heart and one soul, with none of us saying that anything he possesses is his own; and we are here as a people who have a common doctrine, one Lord, and one baptism; and we are looking for the coming of the Lord; and we are looking for sanctification, so we can be conformed into the image of Jesus. We all believe that same thing: we believe Jesus� coming is imminent. What are we doing�what is the priority�to make sure that we are all one hundred percent in pursuit of those things, because the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force? (Matthew 11:12). We are not going to stroll into the Kingdom of God. We are at war! We are at war with the devil and we are at war with the Adamic nature within every one of us. So, as we make the number one priority the glory of God, Jesus said in 1 John 4:20, this is how you will know whether you love God or not: if you love your brother.