Tuesday, June 4, 2024

How do we treat each other 2

Broadcast 4053
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1 Corinthians 8:2-3 (NET): "But if someone loves God, he is known by God."

Mrs. Anderson was determined to help her late friend's children in any way she could. She even sold one of her cars to send two of them to the university.

Before her friend and her husband died in a motor accident, Mrs. Anderson didn’t really know their children. She had only seen their pictures and knew their ages. The love she poured on those children after they lost their parents was because of the love she had for her friend.

One thing the Holy Spirit does in the heart of any true believer is to plant the love of God there (see Romans 5:5). This love manifests in the way we treat God's children. It cannot be hidden.

A person cannot truly know God without loving God. Knowing God is to love God. 

God’s love is contagious and it compels us to love others (2 Corinthians 5:14, 1 John 4:19). It compels us to obey His commandments and restrains us from fleshly excesses.

Anyone who does not love God does not truly know Him. The more we grow in the knowledge of God, the more we love Him and want to please Him.

Those who do not care about how the Lord feels do not really know and love Him. Those who do not love God do not know God and are not known by God.

On judgment day, some will be told by the Lord, "I never knew you" (see Matthew 7:23). They would think the Lord knew them because they once said Jesus is their Lord, but they did not truly know Him and love Him. This was evident in the way they lived their lives in lawlessness.

In 1 Corinthians 16:22 (NET), Apostle Paul uses these strong words: "Let anyone who has no love for the Lord be accursed." Why would he use such strong language for someone who could be a member of the church? Because any member of that church who did not love the Lord was not one of the fold. He was most likely a wolf in sheep's clothing. And we know what wolves do to sheep.

Go into today remembering that those who love God obey Him. And all things work together for the good of those who love God (see Romans 8:28).
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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