On the law and the prophets hang these two commandments:
Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The law is fulfilled in this:
Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Starting out on our journey, this is what we hear from the beginning:
1Jn 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
There is a close link between ourselves and others. We are being forgiven as we forgive others. We are perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
We know what love is versus the false love and “tolerance” the world calls love.
Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
By loving God and keeping His commands, is how we love our brothers and sisters.
1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
We have the commandments to love one another.
Joh 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
Rom 13:8 Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
We judge ourselves first to see if we are in the faith, our consciences being purged before Christ.
2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
If we love ourselves less than our brethren in other words not get the plank out of our own eyes first, we have the leaven of hypocrisy [saying and not doing] and are in the company of the man of sin within. Here is what is more expedient.
1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
So, loving ourselves as our neighbour is good and we come near to the Kingdom of God doing this. However, it is the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees that we have to exceed.
Mar 12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: Mar 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. Mar 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
Christ is not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it [Matt 5:17], He gives us a new commandment and an example that we should follow in His steps. WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS HE LOVED US.
Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Let us now have comfort and Hope that is in Christ alone. In days of discouragement, let us bring these truths into remembrance to do them and to teach them. Let us speak of things if they already are Lord willing! Let us consider the following, loving others as Christ loved us.
How do we see ourselves and how do we see others?
We are a work in progress, the workmanship of Christ.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
We are fearfully and wonderfully being made, being imperfect still, but in the process of being made over in down payment form.
Psa 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psa 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
In the past, what we see in the mirror is often what we see in others. Our disappointment in others often reflects our disappointment in ourselves. Our acceptance of others often reflects our acceptance of ourselves. Our ability to see potential in others often reflects our ability to see potential in ourselves. Our patience with others often reflects our patience with ourselves. Now, we lay our lives down for each other, seeing each other and ourselves as God sees us and as Christ laid down His life for us. We have the Words of Christ to give us Life [John 6:63].
Joh 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Christ and His Christ speaks of things as if they already are.
Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Remember the oneness we have with Christ, the I AM
It is the road less travelled, the beginning and the end and all in between which is Christ and His Christ. The most beautiful part of this journey is to be one with Christ and His Christ, obeying Him and them that have this treasure in earthen vessels, which brings peace above all else. It is now to live life and process life as it is this day and moment, teaching ourselves and others to obey Christ bringing them to a perfect man in earnest.
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
2Ti 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
We obey rather than winning the approval of the world
Peter and James declare friendship with the world within and without is enmity with God [Jas 4:4]. We love when we know and walk this truth out expecting disappointments with the world within and without. We are staying focused on our calling.
Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
We flee from evil, cling to that which is good, setting an example
Rom 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
The world within and without behold how we are walking.
Joh 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
Joh 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
Our brethren see the fruit of the tree in us manifesting, whether good or evil.
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
We forgive ourselves and we forgive others
We learn the lessons of the past and reach forth to what is before us. Even our sins are being worked by Christ. We focus on today. We forgive ourselves and others, laying down our lives for our friends, which means not to lean on our own understanding but trusting the Lord and doing what He commands.
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Joh 10:17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. Joh 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
We love when we are careful to maintain good works as the Lord permits
Different input equals different output. We move away from the things that drain us and move toward the thoughts and actions of the Christ filling us with power, not an empty form of godliness but Christ in us, the Hope of Glory, doing the will of God, the Father. We are careful to maintain good works and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
We embrace the mistakes we are making
We know that it is through endurance that we are being saved, there are many things yet to come which we are not able to bear right now. We live by every Word of God [Luk 4:4], even our failures, the occasion the Lord seeks, to burn out the wood, hay and stubble within us, making us anew.
Ti 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 2Ti 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
We are grateful
We do not get what we want most of the time, and things do not always turn out the way we expect. We do not know what the future brings except that the Lord’s promises never fail.
Joh 21:18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. Joh 21:19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
There are the multitudes who do not have age abiding life because many are called, and few are chosen. We are so blessed to have this age abiding life now in clay vessels, that is to know the Father and Christ whom He is sending. We are so happy to be counted worthy to suffer for His Name sake. So, we use pain, frustration and inconveniences to motivate us rather than to discourage us because we know, we are being made perfect in love, a beautiful instrument in His awesome Hands.
Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Heb 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
We feed the Lord’s sheep and His lambs
There’s a big difference between empty fatigue and gratifying exhaustion. We love when we speak Truth and walk in love. The Lord prepares us for this:
Joh 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. Joh 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Joh 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
When we fear, we do not live to our fullest capacity
When we act in unbelief, we act in fear. When we love, we do not fear.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We do not lie to ourselves but speak Truth within and without
We cannot speak with integrity about a lifestyle we are not living. Others behold how Christ walked. Peace comes from knowing that what we are doing is righteousness to Christ, to us and to others. We love our brethren through obeying Christ.
1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
We treasure the talents Christ is giving us
Christ sets the members in the Body because He is the Head and is training us for our part in the Body, not just saving ourselves but others too.
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many. 1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
1Co 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
We do not compare ourselves
2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
We pay close attention to our lives as we are living it
We redeem the time because the days are evil. Our lives in the physical, are not between the moment of birth and death; our lives are between now and our next breath. Distractions are more and more every day; therefore, we stay in the Word, studying, quietly doing our own business.
1Th 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We have joy unspeakable
We joy and rejoice to be partakers of this high calling. Paul says this:
Act 20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Act 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Php 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. Php 2:18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
We give to those less honourable and that is how we love
We express the power of God, which is Christ, through humility, forgiveness and inclusiveness. We give more honour to the less honourable.
1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 1Co 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Eph 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Christ Himself is teaching us to love our brethren [1 Th 4:9] and the Lord Himself gives us the increase.
1Th 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
Christ was a Reformer and so are we in following Him.
Luk 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
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