Love

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Mat 22:35-40)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Here is a thought concerning Christian forums. The few that I have come in contact with have statements of faith and rules to follow so we all know how to get along. The Lord is showing me that this is the same thing that got us wrapped up in denominations. The doctrines of men rather than fellowship in Christ. Invariably someone has already begun to think “yeah, but… what if someone gets out of line, what if they start spreading apostasy, what if…”

We all still live in the flesh, but we should all recognize on a basic and elementary level that our relationship with each other and to Christ is based on Love! I’m talking about agape love, the kind supplied by our relationship with Christ. Quite frankly without Christ’s agape love flowing through us when we fellowship, Christ’s work in His body will not get done. Or put differently, if we step outside of Christ’s agape love, then we are working against the Kingdom of Christ. I think this is part of what Paul means when he wrote about walking in the Spirit. I do   is talking about being filled with the Holy Spirit, but this is inclusive of agape love provided as a gift. So I am speaking of this concept of agape love and walking in the Holy Spirit as synonymous. I’m not sure you can have one without the other.

8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love isthe fulfillment of the law. 11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:8-14)

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