Love One Another
By Jeff Klick
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:34-35)
The essence of Christianity is within this new commandment Jesus gave to His disciples. God is love. If God is to be in man, then man will love. If man does not love, God is not in him. This sounds simple, but is in reality the outward expression of a kingdom the world has yet to see fully. When we truly love one another, the whole world will know there is a real God who is alive and well and involved with man on earth. The world hasn't seen this type of love since the days of Jesus and the early Church. The religious system down through the centuries has produced much, but love is usually not what is remembered!
"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love" (Galatians 5:6)
"The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself"' (Galatians 5:14)
The apostle Paul sums up thousands of years of teaching in two sentences. All of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament say the same thing: Love one another. What would the world say if we really did this? What response would the unbeliever have if the Church really obeyed just this one principal; if we laid down our lives, our own desires and dreams, for others (John 15:13); if we really did esteem others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3); if husbands loved their wives like Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25); if we did lay down our lives for our brothers (1 John 3:16)? Unbelievers would be so overwhelmed that they would have to say "there is a God, He must be real"!
In the isolated times when believers have moved in love, conviction and revival followed. The early believers were known for their love, and they turned the whole world upside-down. I believe it can and will happen again! As we move into the close of this age, God will propel the Church into love again. The ceaseless activities of the Church will be replaced with love. As everything that competes for the place of love is removed, we will be left with love one for another, if we fail here, we will cease to be true believers. God will have His Church without spot or wrinkle. The way you remove spots is with bleach or intense scrubbing. The way you remove wrinkles is with heat! In these last days the heat will be turned up and the scrubbing will continue until we look like the Bride!
I believe this last revival that everyone has been waiting for, will be birthed from the desire to be loved. "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved" (Matthew 24:12-13)
The warmth of love will thaw the ice of isolation all around us. Jesus made a promise-- if we love each other, the whole world would know we are His. It's not our size, activities, or loud voice, it's our love for one another that will draw all men to Christ. As we see the wickedness all around us the temptation is to withdraw. We must resist this temptation and turn up the light. Love will be the deciding factor, is it hot or cold? Most will grow cold, but the Church must be on fire with the love of God burning within her breast. We must learn to love one another. Starting with our families, moving into the extended families, then the church, the community and then the world, love will be the key to the next revival.
Father, please give us a heart that is full of love and compassion so we can move with You in this revival! We don't want to be left behind! Change us, mold us, scrub us, iron us, until we are ready to go with You. God give us a heart full of Your love for all men everywhere! Amen!! (So be it.)