The Dimension of Love

In this the children of God are manifest,and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore,slew he him? Because his own works were evil,and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not,my brethren,if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life,because we love the brethren.He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no, murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.  I John 3:10-15

As Christians, we are to identify with the love of Christ. Jesus declared this to be the defining mark of discipleship. This text would lead us to understand that righteousness and love are connected. Someone who does not love their brother is not righteous.

From the very beginning, it has been God’s desire that those who are created in His image love one another. Man was made with a capacity to love that no other creature possesses and yet, we often make ourselves the focus of that love rather than others. The only thing that will ever keep me from loving God and others as I should is self-love. Self-love that is ambitious, selfish, proud, defensive and easily offended, will always prevent us from obeying God’s commands to love others.

In these verses, hatred is identified with death. This world that is in the process of dying as we speak hates us just as it hated Christ. However, the transformation from death unto life that all believers experience awakens within us the ability to love.

There are times when a person can have such an absence of love in their heart, that they can have murderous feelings toward their brother. This is an indication that the person does not have a relationship with God. No murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Love can only be found in the dimension of eternal life. It is not passive in our lives. It cannot remain sealed up in our hearts, but is shed abroad by the Holy Spirit.

If love is in us, it will be demonstrated.

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7 responses to “The Dimension of Love

  1. food for thought, Thanks

  2. Ah! You’ve changed the background and header–very nice. Hope all is well. I’m here to catch up and get a dose of encouragement. Thanks so much!

  3. As someone who is contiually annoyed with her brother, I thank you.
    BTW I joined the local First Baptist church and my husband, son and I were all baptized together last month. Thanks for the spiritual help!

  4. Another fine post, Gordon,

    “Someone who does not love their brother is not righteous.”

    Great point.
    I heard one of them real smart scholarly fellows talk about righteousness, recently. He defined it as fulfilling the requirements of a relationship.
    His study drew him to the conclusion that two crooks could be righteous toward one another, even if not toward others. (If they agree that they will steal a million dollars and split it fifty/fifty, then as long as they have split it fifty/fifty they are being righteous toward eachother.)

    I found this interesting because it brings righteousness down to a person and whomever that person is dealing with at that particular moment.
    He gave an illustration of two guys sittingin their cars next to each other at a stop light. Immediately after the the stop light the road reduces to one lane. The righteous thing to do in this situation is to consider the other guy better than yourself and to let him go first. One guy looks at the other guy. (There has now been an established relationship.) After that, it is up to whichever one is going to be righteous toward the other guy.

    It’s all about the love.

  5. Woo Hoo! that’s great news Squirrel! 🙂

  6. Janice and Vicki, great to see you as always.

    Squirrel, I’m glad to hear how things are going for you.

    DK, those are good illustrations. We as believers relate vertically (with God) as well as horizontally (with others). One dimension will never be right as long as the other is missing.

  7. I love that you said “Love can only be found in the dimension of eternal life”…what a morsel of truth…He is that Love that we all find ourselves so in need of.

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