The Ability to Truly Love is Supernatural
- Date: May 4, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:15)
- From No Greater Love
There's another thing that we need to look at, and Jesus made it very clear that if you hate your brother-the Holy Spirit speaking, John speaks it clearly-if you hate your brother, you're a murderer. Is that hard for us to accept? Love your neighbor as you love yourself. This is my commandment that you love one another as I loved you; and if you don't do that, you're a murderer. Wow! Does that change it a little bit? First of all, let me ask you, do you believe that's a biblical principle? Can we say that and be accurate scripturally? The answer's yes. No greater love has any man than this, that he would lay down his life for his friends. His psuche-his soul-that we would finally bring down our opinions and our judgments and our prejudices and place the proper value on the body of Christ. And if you don't, then that murderous spirit that 1 John speaks of that was there with Cain and Abel, that murderous spirit-what is that murderous spirit? It is preeminence of self; and it will, if necessary, kill to preserve its role. It is a Bible principle.
So let me just throw something out practically for us, and let's see how it relates to us as our family here and how close we are. What about when you do something that ticks me off, and I know we have to co-exist-because, I mean, after all, the Bible calls us to be in one accord and that we're to endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. So we choose, then, to come together and simply tolerate one another? Love is not tolerance; it's preference. I don't care who's done what to you. If it is Matthew 18 and it's been dealt with biblically and there has been a repentance, there must be a forgiveness, and there must be a unifying; and there can be absolutely no breach in relationship. Things return as they were in biblical love and in biblical forgiveness.
I'm not concerned about what goes on in other churches, just in our fellowship here. What do you think? Do we have any breaches here? If there are breaches-if there's a murderous spirit among us-let me tell you, there is no greater indication of a murderous heart than sedition. We know that sedition is a work of the flesh, right? And we know that, if that's in your life, you will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Oh, you can preach, you can quote Scripture, you can try to go out and-with those that you prefer-lay your life down for them. But no murderer will inherit eternal life. This seditious spirit-all sedition is is to set up some form of a division, a breach. "I'm not going to relate to you the way I used to, because you ticked me off. Oh, I forgave you." No, you didn't. If you truly forgave a trespasser, not only is the relationship restored, but there should a move to enhance it, to make it better than it was before. Because the heart's desire of love is to prefer and edify not just to get it back where it was, but to make it better!
Do you find that just working so readily in you and easily? There's nothing natural about it. It's supernatural; and that's why, when people look in from the outside, they see the love that we have for one another. It brings glory to God and, as we shared out of John 17, is an indicator, in fact, that Jesus was sent of the Father, that He is the Redeemer, the Reconciler. See, men find it hard to believe-as filthy as we are-that we can be reconciled back to a holy God; but when people are able to watch reconciliation at this level because of the love of God, because of the forgiveness that we've received that we so freely give, people are saying, "Truly, God has come in the flesh, and Jesus was the gift from the Father," because it's not natural. It's supernatural.