1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
This is the word of God which we all live by, right? Ok. If God is love, and we’re representatives of Him, that means we should show love. If so, why is the church lacking so greatly thereof? We are Christ Representers but I have a huge problem because too many who profess to be Christians are malicious, conniving, backstabbing, covetous, and I could go on! This is cliché, but us as Christians are the only bible or the only church some unsaved know. Is that the picture we really want to paint for them? How can we be operating with the above mentioned characteristics and evangelizing? Prophet Brian Carn often asks how can we be speaking in tongues and not speaking to our sister in church (1 Corinthians 13:1)? Who do you think you’re going to lead to Christ when that’s the behavior you portray?
Sadly, Christians are some of the most selfish people, another dire case of misrepresentation. John 3:16 declares “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God sent His only son to die so that we might have life, yet there are some who refuse to even give someone a lift after church. Yet some find it so hard to give someone bus fare. Even more astonishing, some find it difficult to give someone a hug or even a smile. Saints, be reminded: Matthew 25:40-44 speaks of a King turning away people because they turned away others when they were hungry, thirsty, homeless etc. They ask him when did we do all this and he replies 45.”… Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”
Jesus was selflessly obedient to His father. In the gospels, when it drew nigh the time to be crucified, He prayed and He said Father if it is possible take this cup from me, nevertheless not my will, but thine be done. He was troubled about His fate but in obedience to the will of His father He did as He was sent to. Why have we deviated from the standard Jesus set? Why are we doing our own thing instead of living by the word? I’m sorry to disappoint but we simply cannot take what we want and leave the rest. It’s all or nothing.
Have you ever been to a church and the first thing you met upon was a rather sour usher, miserably trying to seat you? This really turns people off! People who haven’t even met Christ yet. Prophet Michael Carter recently said, if they’re at the door and are behaving in such a manner, that says to the person that the pastor on the pulpit cannot be much better. So not only is Jesus seen in a negative light, His bride (the church) is too. ‘Church people’ are perceived to be so unpleasant that when people encounter nice Christians they instantly think it’s just pretense. TERRIBLE!
Jesus says in John 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. 35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” I’ve personally observed in church, acts of aggression that hurt my spirit to the point of tears! I wept for the church and I can imagine how hurt the Lord was. People aren’t understanding and sensitive to others. It’s all about me, myself and I. So because I’m going through something no one can talk to me and if anyone tries to, I’ll tear them to shreds. 1 Peter 4:8 “And above all things have fervent love for one another , for “love will cover a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.” The Lord is not like Digicel, he never said love thy neighbor as thy self and then in the fine print continued to say “Conditions apply.” We’re to love UNCONDITIONALLY! Whether we’re upset or not. Whether or not you don’t like something about the person. It also shouldn’t matter who the person is! God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34/ Romans 2:11) so who are we to pick, choose and refuse who we do and do not show love to?
Let us dare not overlook the ‘little’ things like we usually do. In the middle of penning this piece, a message came in from someone whom I’ve decided to ignore because I was annoyed. And instantly it hit me, I haven’t been really nice to this person. He’d been sending me broadcast messages everyday, something I hate, so I thought I was justified in my doing. The truth? I wasn’t, that wasn’t very loving. I wasn’t considering how he might have felt among other things and quite frankly, it wasn’t very Christlike. I was wrong in how I handled it and the Lord corrected me.
Let’s be repentant of our lack of love and misrepresentation. Let our prayers be ‘Lord liken me unto Your image! Make me more like you!’ 1 John 3:17 “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Love is an action word.
1 John 4:20 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
Saints, we don’t have that agape love because we aren’t seeking after it. We’ve already told ourselves we’re not Jesus so it’s not attainable. Enough excuses. Why aren’t we our brother’s keeper? Why aren’t we bearing each others burdens? Why don’t we pray for a brethren who was overtaken by a fault instead of judging? Why don’t we put others first? Why don’t we do onto others as we would have them do onto us? Why aren’t we representing Christ well? Where is the love?
I believe the cause of all this is flesh. We have given in to the leading of the flesh and each time we do that the spirit is weakened. I’m sure in saying that, because my bible tells me that a fruit of the spirit is love. And that love covers a multitude of sins. Thus, if I love you I will not stab you in the back, I will not be a false witness against you. Not only that, but if I love the Lord, I will not fornicate, I will not lie. I urge us, get back to the standard. Let’s forget about ourselves, break our will and desires and adhere to the directives of the bible. Let us keep flesh on the altar daily so that we might not be consumed by its lusts and entices.
Regards, Tamalcia J.