Love is not Driven to Express Its Opinion
- Date: April 1, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” (Galatians 5:15)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
We see the list and admonition in Galatians 5:19-21, that those that do these things will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you're involved in, if you're causing strife, you will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you've set yourself up in your own eyes as someone who is the authority, God's representative, the one who judges the actions of the rest of us here in this community, you will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you hate your brother to love them less than yourself, to prefer yourself in any particular conflicts that may arise-the Scripture says you're a murderer to hate your brother. Powerful statements! To just devalue your brother, to love them less is what that hatred speaks of many times. Yet, it's common in the church.
As we were talking about the tongue some and looking at where we find ourselves as a fellowship, we're a people that have been together for years. We stand shoulder to shoulder and fight the devil. We're a people who love sound doctrine. We're a people who love one another. People watch us and they say, "Behold, how they love one another." By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, when you love one another. So, what is it that Satan's going to obviously attack? The enemy does not stand a chance of coming in here and bringing false doctrine. We're a people who have been so well taught for so long by so many good teachers, a people who have put many, many hours individually into study and prayer. That's not where the devil's going to get us. It's the little foxes. So, we need to guard our hearts in this hour. We need to come and stand and realize what the Scriptures are trying to convey to us that is a great danger to a church in this last day seeking that final purification.
If there's been one danger, it's the fact that many of us have been here together for 20, 30 years and more. And we talked about the over familiarity that some of us have found ourselves in. We know almost everything about everybody. This grape vine that we have is probably the most proficient that I've ever seen. And our judgements of one another, our criticisms of one another, us feeling that we have the liberty because we've been around each other so long and we're "family" that we can just inject anything that we think at any time about anybody, it will kill us.
Jesus said it so clearly in Matthew 12. A house divided against itself cannot stand. In these divisions, we may not be warring with one another, we're not screaming at one another, we're not even visibly at times in outward, discernible conflict with one another, but what's in our hearts? And that's what we're going to look at. What is it really that's taking place in our midst when we begin to pass these judgments? Just in little casual things. "I don't know why they bought that new car." Some, it's not just that they bought a new car, "They shouldn't have financed it, they should have paid cash for it." "Why are they going on that third cruise this year?" "I don't like that type of fashion." And we constantly allow these thoughts and these words and we only share it with our five best friends, who share it with their other five best friends, who share it with their other five best friends.
But Galatians 5 says it very clearly in verse 15 as the apostle was speaking here and he says, be careful. Be very careful. Hear these words, follow this law. Verse 14 says, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Shouldn't we be able to practice that simple golden rule to do unto others? Is that what dictates our lives and our thoughts? Do you treat everybody the way you want to be treated? Do you give everybody the benefit of the doubt? Love thinks no evil! Love doesn't vaunt itself. Love doesn't have to have its opinion out at all times. "Well, you know what I think is…" Be very careful, you who place yourself as that teacher of all the rest of us, that has to express your opinion and what you think. That's the spirit that Paul is speaking of when he addresses the topic. The Holy Spirit tells us right here very clearly, He says, listen, love your neighbor… "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. [Now] This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:15). Be very careful that you don't bite and devour lest you be consumed. This can only go on so long until we're destroyed. And in this same context, I don't care how much time we're spending in prayer, and most of us are praying more than we've ever prayed in our lives. I don't care whether you're fasting, if you're witnessing-and we've never been bolder in the sharing of the gospel than we've been in this last year. If this is allowed in our midst, a little leaven will leaven the whole lump. It's a law.