L. A. Marzulli
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Notice what Yashua/Jesus says here, that people will know we His disciples by the love we have for one another. This is our ultimate witness to those around us. Being His disciple is not about how many books we’ve read, or all the head knowledge or degrees that hang on our walls.
Paul admonishes us:
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1
Sometimes we can lose sight of Jesus’ admonition and become absorbed in what we think we know. However, I would posit that in the end it all comes down to the love that we show to those around us. This love can not be manufactured. It’s not something we can somehow turn on by ourselves. This love–Agape in the Greek—comes from the indwelling of the Spirit of the Living God. He can fill us with this love on a daily basis, but we can also choose not to be filled.
Holding bitterness in out hearts toward anyone or any circumstance in our lives, can be a deterrent to God’s love working through us. In other words if we are consumed by bitterness it’s hard for His love to come through us, as we have chosen to block it by our own actions.
We love each other because He first loved us. We love each other because the same spirit that resides in us resides in others who have believed in Him who was sent to redeem the whole world, through his giving of his body on Calvary for the saving of our souls.
This love can be a witness to those around us. People watch us to see how we react. When a situation doesn’t go our way do we react in love? When someone cuts us off on the freeway do we pray for the driver or flip him or her the bird?
The Body of the Anointed One—or those who believe on Him who was sent—is at best fractured. Recently I posted on the Cepher Bible and a certain radio host blasted away at me essentially hitting me over the head with the King James Only claim. He never contacted me, he just blasted away. How does that match up with the above phrase? I love the King James, but I read many translations including the Interlinear Bible. I realize the importance of scripture and certainly put the King James Bible in a class by itself, but does this warrant the blasting away that happened?
In some ways it’s not what we accomplish or how “right” we may be, it’s the interaction between people that we encounter along the way. It’s about the love we show toward one another.
I’ll close with the KJV of 1 Corithians 13. (Please substitute love for charity.)
In the end it all comes down to the love we show each other….