The irreplaceable Christian virtue – Part 2
Sanctified believers have the love-nature of God imputed to them. Thus, they manifest real and sincere love that goes far beyond pretence and politeness. The Lord wants us to manifest His love that has been shed abroad in our hearts to other people.
So, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.” Bishops, evangelists, overseers and pastors have a responsibility to manifest divine love to everyone – young and old, rich and poor, educated and illiterate, etc. – in their congregations.
To “love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter 1:22), requires that every believer and member of the church carry out their responsibilities of love towards other brethren who are sick, lonely, jobless, poor, etc.
“…Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us,” we can always make necessary sacrifices for the sake of our brethren.
Don’t allow the action of other people to affect or determine your personality. Avoid any action that will result in discouragement and destruction of other people and let the love of God saturate your heart today.
Believers who labour in love and are diligent in sacrificial harvesting in the family, school, office or marketplace will not forfeit their reward.
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Our love should not be partial, passive or inactive. Rather, it should be practical, creative, functional and proactive love. Christians who have experienced the love of God also show mercy to the needy and give to meet the needs of other saints.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren… let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
As recipients of God’s love, we should not allow job, fashion, certificate, promotion, business, politics, wealth, marriage, children, etc., to compete with the love of God in our hearts. Love is practical, and if we truly love Christ, we will win souls and feed His sheep.